How can I enjoy eating out with my 15-month-old?

Q: My 15-month-old is a nightmare in restaurants. Do you have any words of wisdom?

A: Sure. Stay out of restaurants for the next year or so! Let’s face it: When you’ve got a toddler in tow, you’re going to find very few restaurants that are able to serve quickly enough to suit your family. Even though you might be craving a meal out, taking a young child with you will very likely not make for a relaxing or enjoyable time. A toddler’s reason for living is to find fun. Your child might look you square in the eye and say (without words): “You think it’s fun to wait for pasta when I could be throwing ice cubes?” There’s no malice here—just an ageappropriate desire to make the most fun out of any situation. So skip the restaurant and opt for sanity. And takeout.