Originally Posted by Gimme Pineapple
I have had many jobs waiting tables. Before I got pregnant, I knew NOTHING about kids. All parents are different and the server can't be expected to know how you raise your children. Some parents feed their children off of their plate, some order from the kid's menu, some want kid's cups with water and no refills, some allow their children to have unlimited amounts of soda.
But- a server is there to SERVE the customer. They just need to be filled in on how you want things to be.
yep. I waited tables when I was in college. I had kids in my 30s. I didn't know anything about babies/ children when I was waiting tables!
We ate out a lot when our kids were small and I never once I had problem with wait staff, but I communicated what I wanted in a nice way, assuming that they:
1) wanted to make me happy so I would tip well
2) couldn't read my mind or know what would work best for my child(ren)
sometimes after a table is full of people, menus, drinks, etc it can be difficult to tell how many forks/napkins/etc are on the table. If you are missing something, just say so.
Honestly, the staff isn't trying to annoy you and if you ask nicely, they'll get you pretty much any thing you want (that they have in the resturant).
It was my experience that families are a pain to wait for -- their total is low for how much work is involved so the % tip is low for the effort. (when your child makes such a mess that the floor needs to be cleaned before any other patrons can get near the table, tip extra