#1 – SHOCK
Wait — what am I doing? Am I actually walking into a restaurant with my toddler?
#2 – DENIAL
I can do this. I’m armed with coloring books, Cheerios and an iPad. WE’LL BE FINE.
#3 – ANGER
OMG, he’s crawling under the table and banging the table with his spoon. The other diners are staring at us. Why can’t he just sit still for one minute? And why can’t those other people mind their own damn business? Haven’t they ever seen a kid lick bread crumbs off the floor before? Look away, people. LOOK. AWAY.
#4 – BARGAINING
“C’mon, sweetie. Get off the floor and eat just one bite? Please? Mom and Dad paid EIGHT DOLLARS for this bowl of Kraft macaroni.”
#5 – DEPRESSION
I’m never going to be able to enjoy eating at a restaurant again. EVER.
#6 – RECONSTRUCTION & WORKING THROUGH
Maybe if I just let him rudely stare at the people eating behind us, he’ll be entertained enough to let us eat some of our meal in peace.
#7 – ACCEPTANCE
He only dropped 20 Cheerios on the floor, knocked over one glass of milk and dropped one iPad on the woman sitting behind us. Not bad. If we tip well enough, they might even let us eat here again next week!