1. Learn to sit at the table. Breakfast buffets are a great excuse for restless kids to get up and move around but dinner is different. Eat early in the evening and remember anywhere with a white table cloth means bottoms stay on seats. Take colouring books and cards.
2. Cutlery is for using. If children are very young just give them a spoon. It’s OK to choose finger food for very littlies, no one minds little fingers eating chips or picking up a burger bun. They do mind knives and forks used as drumsticks (yes, we’ve seen it happen).
3. As a general rule resorts are more relaxed than city hotels. If there isn’t a kids’ pool, splashing and having fun is probably OK; dive bombing and jumping isn’t. Pick a quiet time when bored businessmen aren’t doing their morning laps.
4. Walk. As a general rule the younger the child the more leniency. No one minds a toddler trotting down a hotel corridor; over five and it’s a different matter.
5. Quiet voices. Tell children to imagine ‘classroom volume’, not ‘playground volume’… however exciting this new world is.