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I'm looking for advice on dealing with dinner time drama. Ryan takes so long getting going with dinner that DH and I are almost done before he has even started. We used to say that he had to take so many bites to get a after dinner treat and once DH said he had to be done by a certain time but then all he does is obsess about the number.... like he only eats that number of bites no more no less... or every word out of his mouth is what time is it now...... Sometimes we have great dinner where we all eat together and talk about our day and it so nice but other times its a battle which really frustrates us (especially DH)..... Has anyone figured out any tricks that help their pre-schooler eat WITH the family.
We stopped sweating it. If she eats, she eats, if she doesn't and just plays under the table, so be it. But, we always sit down together, we always put a plate out for her and we always eat around the same time. I don't make her special meals and I don't force her to eat anything. She eats the dinner put out or she doesn't, so be it.
I do try to limit snacks in the afternoon so she'll be hungry and that's helped a lot. We also don't really engage her, we just sit and eat our dinner and if she wants to join us, great. Eventually, she usually does. And if she doesn't then we just continue on with the bedtime routine of bath after dinner and so on.
It might seem laissez-faire, but I figure she's not starving, she gets lots of nutritious food throughout the day and I'd rather spend my dinner eating than fighting with a 3-year-old.
ugh, dinner time is my least favorite time.
during the day Kyla eats all the time. but dinner is my worst. i just put the plate in front of her and she starts with the excuses. 'i am just gonna eat this ok'.
and then 2 bites in her tummy is sore.
so now we do what Jess does. put her food in front of her, if she eats then great, if not then thats fine.
we even tried the after dinner treat till it become another negotiation saga. 'if i eat this only, then can i have an ice cream'. so we stopped that.
i wish i had more advice on what works, but i havent found it yet.