Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Denny’s as a #DennysDiners Blogger Ambassador. Stay tuned for exclusive content and menu news. Although we’re being compensated in some form, all opinion remain our own. Maybe it’s because I’m her mom. Maybe it’s because I love her so much. Maybe it’s because I can mentally block her out. Whatever the reason, I’m not super strict with Caitlynn when we eat at restaurants. I don’t think she behaves badly, but my family thinks she needs to tighten up in the area of etiquette. Sometimes I let her out of her seat–it’s tough sitting still at the jittery age of three. And it’s hard using an inside voice when you want to shout from the mountaintops about your delicious dinner. Sometimes people (I assume they don’t have kids or left their children at home) stare at us, wondering why I’m feeding my child after 6 or 7 p.m. I want to tell them, I work, and I have a business, but more importantly, we don’t turn in at 8 o’clock. Other times they are annoyed as they navigate around a highchair crowding the walkway. It’s so bad that I’ve even read articles online about establishments banning babies and toddlers from their tables. I don’t have to worry about Denny’s ever kicking kids out. Nope! They cater to children, even Caitlynn who blows bubbles in her milk, which is why I decided to go there to practice toddler table manners. This month, America’s iconic family unveiled its new kids menu featuring much-loved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s award-winning film and television shows. Kicking off with Penguins of Madagascar, Puss In Boots and Turbo FAST, in addition to many popular characters such as Shrek appearing throughout the year, the colorful characters adorn Denny’s kids menu in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games to enjoy during mealtime. After your kids color the DreamWorks characters on the menu, they can download the DreamWorks COLOR App on your telephone or tablet to bring their drawings to life. The characters literally jump off the menu in 3D! You can pose and take selfies with your characters, build and play in worlds they color and create. DreamWorks COLOR app encourages families to engage creatively with each other during mealtimes and provides a modern twist to a traditional diner activity. The menu games kept Caitlynn happy, but the menu selections put an even bigger smile on myself. The meals include Kids LiveWell verified dishes and sides, such spaghetti, steamed broccoli, Apple Dunkers, Jr. and Dippable Veggies. I enjoyed dinner too–a savory pot roast with root vegetables. While we dined, we discussed how to act like a lady. Here’s what Caitlynn learned: Sit up straight. Good posture means good digestion. Say please and thank you to the server–something she already does, but it’s always nice to reinforce this lesson. Use utensils. If you’re not eating finger foods like French fries, pick up a fork or spoon. Practice patience. Sometimes you’ll clean your plate before everyone is ready to go. Napkins are our friends. Luckily, Caitlynn’s a pretty neat eater, even when she dips her fingers in her salad dressing. Offer to tip. When you get to an age where you’re allowed to date, the man typically picks up the tab. You can show your appreciation by offering to tip. Hey DFTM Fam–What table manners are you teaching your little diners? Be sure to follow our culinary adventure with Denny’s all year long! We’re blogging about exciting additions to the menu and experience. And I’m sure we’ll have a few surprises along the way! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.