My main problem is getting them to stay at the table whilst others are finishing off, Roo generally will finish first and if she gets down then I can kiss goodbye to Tigger eating anything else. So I’m looking for ideas and suggestions of how I can keep Roo occupied at the table once she has finished eating.
I decided to ask some other bloggers as to how they get their children to sit at the table and encourage them to eat what is in front of them…
Let them help prepare and cook their own food, they are much more likely to eat something they have helped with
Put your foot down: If they don’t eat at the table, they won’t eat anywhere else.
If a child refuses to taste something don’t insist but bring it back out in a couple of weeks and eat it in front of them, mentioning how delicious it is. has worked for me with my fusspots on fruit and veg.
Print some colour in table mats (colouring sheets) so they sit at the table before you dish up and make sure the TV is off.
I know I will get slapped for this, but I offered them something from the Treat Jar after tea if they had eaten nicely all day. Not cleared plates but tried everything and not thrown food around. And they’d get one small chocolate treat and choose their own. Worked sooooooo well
Sit at the table then it helps if everyone sits at the table together, having a nice place mat, reward charts
If they don’t eat at the table then they don’t eat in our house…sorry, food hitler! I have always said that “if you get down, you have finished” but they don’t get down without asking either – *told you I was a strict knickers*
I try and make tea a bit of a catch up time between us all and always try and sit down with them even if I’m not eating till later. We tend to go round the table and everyone says something fun they’ve done that day which is often the best way to find out what they’ve been up to. Any other time I ask them what they’ve done and they can’t remember.