...with taking my toddler out to lunch today. I went out with 6 friends and 5 babies (10 months - 22 months) and had to get my lunch bagged and leave! My son was screaming and running around and basically wanting to play ANYWHERE but in his high chair. It was so embarrassing. All of the other kids were acting like perfect little lunch angels, too, so I felt like I looked like the "bad mom".
Do you ever feel like "Why MY kid?" when you go out?
*Update* One of my "mommy" friends called after lunch and invited me over to her house after she got home. My son and her son ran around and played, and she and I got some "quality" mom time together, talking and enjoying ourselves! There was even a glass of Malbec involved... my son enjoyed his playdate and I know I have a true friend! :)
Leaving when he is acting like that is the best thing you could do!! Showing your child that poor behavior has a consequence (no fun lunch) teaches them to behave in the long run.
And don't worry about your friends. If anyone has a child, they have definitely been in your shoes!! Somedays your kid will be the troublemaker/naughty one. Somedays your kid will be the model of good behavior and listening:)
my dd is almost 3.5 years old and I remember it happening twice at a restaurant. she embarrassed me to the point of myself crying on an airplane once but that was her first trip. we had already traveled 9 hours by plane and it was our last descend and I had to wake her to sit her up while landing. she threw a fit, screamed, threw herself on the floor, etc. I couldn't control her and the flight attendant was scolding her and myself in a different language.