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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

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5 Reasons Babies Don't Belong at High End Restaurants!

Category: Stay Out of Etiquette Hell!  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, January 17, 2014

 

 

An Etiquette Emergency!!

5 Reasons Babies Don't Belong at High End Restaurants!

We have all been there. You make the reservations, meeting good friends for a meal. You know this will be expensive, but it's worth it. And there they are; young couple with crying baby and unruly toddler. Small aside: we feel your pain.

Why do some people think that by taking their children at a "very" early age to a high end restaurant that this will school them in manners? Puhleese, let them learn these manners at home. Then begin practicing at Denny's or the Olive Garden (not Mickey D's), and prove that they can sit for a long period of time without throwing a temper tantrum, getting under the feet of the server, or greeting the chef in the kitchen. Then maybe you can start taking them to a 4 Star restaurant.

Prior to seven years of age, we implore you, please leave them at home. We certainly do not want to imply that they are not adorable, but we don't want to share "our" special time and money with a balling baby or a roaming three year old. Really let's be honest here, they are not enjoying themselves and you are not either. And even though Mimi and Papa keep exclaiming that they are the most beautiful grandchildren in the world, we have a news flash for you, "Not to the fellow diners in the restaurant."

Recently we were in a quiet French restaurant for a "special" lunch. A large group took over the entire restaurant with their unruly toddler. This child was ranting nonstop and despite all of the looks and eye rolls, this did nothing to quiet the little girl. It made for a very disappointing dining experience. Obviously the novel concept of an adult taking the child outside of the restaurant to calm her didn't occur to the accompanying adults either.

In review, why do you not take Babies or Toddlers to high end restaurants?

1. We all know you had a baby. Its nine o'clock and they should be in bed!

2. They won't eat the meal, or enjoy being strapped in a high-chair for several hours.

3. Loud toddlers can put quite a damper on a dining room.

4. We are spending money for this meal $$$ and your baby is ruining the evening.

5. We want to have quiet conversation with our dining partners, not over shouting your child.

Bon Appétit everyone and we will enjoy meeting your children at a future date, displaying their manners and darling little dining outfits!

Cate Clarke & Alexandra Smythe

School of Flaunt Guide to Modern Manners

#manners, #restaurants, #baby, #toddler

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