Meal Times are a special time for families, but they
can be ruined by disruptive behavior.
To make meal times more positive and to put an end
to bad habits.
Parenting Consultant Chris Peterson
has some helpful tips in Parenting Today.
Start with a good routine
Keep the kids involved: Rule of thumb: If they can
do...they should do it.
Wash hands, prayers, etc.
Use enforceable statements:
o When you get up and wander, that tells me you are
Meal is done.
o Some kids are respectful and eat with the family...some
don't and eat in their rooms.
Keep expectations clear and simple
Eat until you are full make sure you can make it until
the next meal
Be respectful at the table
feel free to be done just as soon as you have tried
two bites of each food.
Just as soon as they demonstrate they can't handle
Uh Oh Song...with toddlers.
Deadlines for slow eaters
Sweetie...breakfast is served until ...I sure hope
you fill your tummy so you can make it until lunch."