My youngest daughter Miss A has always been a bit mischievous. When she was 2 she’d charm us with her big brown eyes and we’d get distracted by her cavernous dimple of cute .
I couldn’t take my eyes off her for a nanosecond, especially when out in public.
Three years ago we drove down to Florida for our summer family vacation and met my dad and stepmother for dinner at a beachside restaurant with a beautiful deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and sugar white beaches. Slipping into a more relaxed latitude and attitude, I took my eyes off our daughter for just a few seconds while talking to my stepmom and then jolted back to reality when I realized my little girl wasn’t sitting by me. I looked up only to find her toddling around the deck, wielding a fork, and headed straight for an electrical outlet on the raised platform area of the deck where local bands played under the stars each night.
During that moment of sheer panic I mustered up all my super human mom powers and swooped her up just as she was heading for the exposed outlet. I was fighting off a nervous breakdown, while she was laughing. She had no idea what could have happened. Thank God for deodorant.
Taking our kids out to dinner is no longer a recipe for disaster. Now that my girls are 8 and 5 the only super human mom powers I must conjure up involve self-restraint as I talk myself down from that huge chocolate dessert on the menu.
One of our favorite restaurants to eat at with our kids is Chili’s. Chili’s has a great new online destination called We Prep, You Play which features a Mommy’s Survival Guide with all sorts of great practical tips to ensure dining out with your family gives you a well-deserved break, not a nervous breakdown. We love their appetizers, from skillet queso to Southwestern eggrolls, their healthy entrées and salads, and their amazing selection of burgers and sandwiches.
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Disclosure: This post is the last in a three-part series this summer sponsored by Chili’s. They provided my family with a gift card so we can enjoy a relaxing dinner out on them and take a break from cooking.