Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Trusting Tuesday: Dinner Time

How do you deal with dinner time?
Tonight my daughter sat at the table for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
She wouldn't eat. It was potatoes, eggs, cheese, and a tortilla.
I need ideas and help and suggestions! I feel like I have tried them all, but I am sure I haven't.


Anna said...

I've learned in my parenting classes, that kids are very intuitive when it comes to eating. They tend to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. As for just being a plain picky eater, keep offering the foods and express the importance of healthy foods for our bodies. There are so many opinions out there when it comes to food and emotions. Just make food a positive subject and treat food as a need to fuel our bodies instead of placing emotional ties to the food.

Mama Blogger said...

Avery eats what we eat. She eats when she is hungry and not as much as when she is not. I can tell when she is refusing food on principle vs. when she legitimately doesn't like it. In the case that she genuinely doesn't like it I will offer a comparable alternative (ex. a veggie for a veggie). If she is just being picky and doesn't want to eat right then or wants something else, she will sit (or more commonly stand) at the table until we are done. If she hasn't eaten her food then the meal is done and she will eat more next time. It sounds much more strict in theory than it is in reality, but it works.