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.