We have finally changed from Henry having separate meal time to us, to us all eating together at the table. We chose to do this for dinner time to begin with as he didn’t like eating from his high chair anymore. So we had to make some changes.
This was so important to me that we had one meal time where we all eat as a family together. So dinner to me was the perfect time, because this was what we did my brother and I, did when our parents were together.
One meal of the day and it’s lovely time for us as a family to all have that time.
It has made dinner time easier as Henry will a lot of the time, eat what we eat. This also has helped save money.
The first time we decided to do this was on boat race bank holiday weekend. It didn’t workout well. He lasted two seconds but come next day, monday, breakfast time he was happily eating his breakfast at the table and then his dinner, which as a family we ate together.
Again you do have to be persistent and now come breakfast and dinner he will eat at the table no problems.
If they don’t last for long give them a time frame so allow them 2 minutes breathing space if they are really kicking off then sit them back down but don’t entertain their tantrum. It is okay for your child as a toddler to miss a meal as if hungry enough they will eat whatever is in front of them.
One top tip I have learned as a parent.
Second tip: Be flexible, don’t be fixated on feeding on exact times all the time. Of course it depends on the child but helps to be flexible if you have a late medical appointment or club/class as children will get used to eating as usual times.
So I will post more as we continue with eating at the table and please I would love to hear your tips too on this subject, as well
Many thanks for reading,