Some six months ago I took a day off to spend with my son when childcare closed for an alleged "training day" (more like pain in the butt for working parents day, if you ask me). I took my son to the Scienceworks museum, and then we closed things off with Nandos and an ice cream at nearby Williamstown.
Back then, my son had to go to the toilet in the middle of our Nandos lunch. We did our thing, and when we came back to our table we were both surprised and annoyed to see it has been cleared. Despite us being still in the thick of things!
I spent today in the company of my son again. His childcare is closed for the holiday season, I took a day off work to be with him, and we spent the day at Scienceworks - followed by Nandos and an ice cream.
This time around, as we stepped into Nandos, my son immediately suggested going to the toilet before ordering. Just in case, you see: "We don't want them to take our lunch", he said.
The right incentive can make four year olds surprisingly wise.