Do they have just as much of a right to be there as everyone else? Someone in a post said if their kid is in a meltdown and others don't like their autistic child having a meltdown, it's the quiet people who need to leave. Do you agree?
"your not going to stop a strong willed mother from taking her beautiful child out to dinner if she sees fit. Meltdown or not.. and I would LOVE to see a restaurant try to kick us out because my child has a medical issue. Bring it on.. Because you can believe this momma wouldn't go down without a fight in a matter of speaking"
I do not agree. We all have the right to go out and enjoy a meal without a kid in the next row of tables screaming at the top of their lungs.
When my 2 year old gets huffy at a restaurant I give her crayons and a page out of her coloring book, and BAM! Instant tantrum control. It's about redirection. If that doesn't work, I will take my child out of the restaurant, have DH pack up our left overs and we leave. I won't subject other patrons to the screams of my kid.
If my child is being truely disruptive to others I take them out to calm.down or I leave altogether but my kids don't have autism so I can't say how I would handle that.
I do tend to be sure an establishment is family friendly before I take my kids there. I'm.certainly not goimg to take them to a fine dining establishment. If you have a kid prone to public meltdowns Friendly's seems like a better choice.
I think it would be rude to let your child have a meltdown and expect everyone else to get over it and leave.. I'm not a mother of a special needs I do believe everyone has the right to take their child out and stuff, but still common courtesy does not fly out the window...