I thought i would start a thread on the needs of families dining out with little children in the hope that people in the restaurent industry would see what type of things parents feel their children need so everyone can have a good dining experience.
for me, speed of service is very important because kids have limited patience. Last week we took a nephew out to lunch (2 adults + one 3-year-old), asked if we could be served quickly, were told yes. Ordered immediately, told her to bring all the apps. and the mains at the same time. took about 20 minutes after food was served to get utensils: 2 knives, 2 forks, 1 spoon for 2 adults and 1 child. I stoped asking. We shared utensils. the main showed up long after all the apps were gone. I think the slow service added at least 45 minutes to our meal. By the end the child wanted to get up and run. Thankfully, the restaurent was empty by then. For all the complaining about how annoying children are in restos, you'd think they would serve us and let us leave.
Another thing i would like is having healthy children's menus. Enough with the fried mystry meat crap. could we get some healthy meat (fish, chicken breasts..) and some veggies and fruit for once?
and personally, i have a pet peeve. If you are a server, and the first thing you do when you get to the table is offer my son juice or coke or any other sugar filled drink without checking with me, know that you have made me really mad at you.