How can an experience as enjoyable as dining out with your children also be so fear inducing? Will they misbehave? Will he eat anything? Will she fight with her sister or throw the dreaded tantrum? Will the cost of eating out and the added stress make it worth it at all—or should you just get takeout and stay home? Ultimately, it is worth the trouble, because by learning to be open to new experiences, your kids gain a lifelong skill that will serve them (and you) well. But getting there isn’t always easy. You need a plan—and that means equipping yourself with some good cons.