Archive for the ‘Family-Friendly Advice’ category

Both parents are spending more time nurturing kids today

September 29th, 2016

Today’s parents spend more time with their kids than moms and dads did 50 years ago

Guilt-ridden busy moms and dads take heart: Mothers – and fathers – across most Western countries are spending more time with their children than parents did in the mid-’60s, according to a University of California, Irvine study. And time spent with kids is highest among better-educated parents – a finding that somewhat surprised study co-author Judith Treas, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology.

“According to economic theory, higher wages should discourage well-educated parents from foregoing work to spend extra time with youngsters,” she said. “Also, they have the money to pay others to care for their children.”

NYC restaurant solves major mystery by reviewing old surveillance

August 18th, 2014

An analysis of wait times by a New York restaurant went viral.  It showed the effect that smartphones are having on the duration of guest stays.  As we read this we wondered what restaurants are doing to cope with the challenge of having kids sitting in a seat longer.  Sitting just 45 minutes in one place is already difficult for many kids, especially under the age of seven.

Longer waits due to smartphone use

Longer stays due to smartphone use

How you treat the weakest is how you treat me

March 5th, 2012

Kindness shown to kids pleases parents and onlookers alike. Perhaps this sentiment comes from these biblical roots:


Matthew 25:31-40

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

A customer of ours says that how they treat kids speaks volumes about their hospitality and their brand. How do you feel about this notion? Would you agree?

Study: Hispanic customers seek kid-friendly restaurants

November 10th, 2011

“Hispanic restaurant consumers tell us that they would visit restaurants more if they make children feel welcome,” according to this study.


We find this to be true of all families, not only Hispanic customers.  This study provides one more data point along those lines.

Top 100 Kid-Friendly Restaurants

June 30th, 2011

Diners’ Choice Awards for Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the United States

via Top 100 Kid-Friendly Restaurants |

Congratulations to our customers on the list! Would you like your business to be tops on your community’s list? Contact us for:
– Marketing Insights
– The best in crayons, placemats, cups, and toys

Sprouts Cooking Club

June 20th, 2011

Here’s a creative way for your chain to connect with kids and deepen the brand relationship. Who knows, it could also become a long-range career pipeline!

…kids go on culinary excursions to local restaurants, gardens, and farms where they cook, hands-on, with real chefs.

via Sprouts Cooking Club.

These kids felt compelled to make a YouTube video about our CrayAngles…

September 28th, 2010

Read the Restaurant Hospitality magazine expert article by A.J. Mesalic

May 12th, 2010