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7 Tips to Improve Meals With Children

Create a Positive Mealtime Experience for Kids Using These Ideas


Mealtime with kids can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield of picky eaters, short attention spans, and distractions galore. But fear not, adults! With a few simple strategies, you can transform mealtime into a positive and enjoyable experience for the whole family.


Here are some tried-and-tested tips to help improve your meals with children:


Tip 1: Give Kids a Heads Up

Before dinner, give your child a 5-minute heads up to allow them to transition from their current activity to mealtime. This simple gesture helps them mentally prepare for dinner and reduces resistance to leaving their playtime behind.

Tip 2: Eat Together as a Family to Help Grow Healthy Eating Behaviors in Kids

Whenever possible, aim to eat together as a family with distracting devices put away. Family meals provide an opportunity for connection and conversation, and they also help normalize healthy eating behaviors for your child.

Tip 3: Keep Meals with Kids Short and Sweet

Limit meals with children to no longer than 20-30 minutes, especially for young children with short attention spans. Keeping meals brief prevents boredom and frustration and ensures that everyone can enjoy their meal without feeling rushed.



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Tip 4: Make Meals with Children Fun

Inject some fun into mealtimes to make them something to look forward to. Tell jokes, share stories, or play games to keep the mood light and enjoyable for your child.

Tip 5: Ensure Comfortable Seating at Mealtime

Make sure your child is sitting in a child-appropriate chair that provides proper support and comfort. This helps them stay engaged and focused on their meal without being distracted by discomfort.

Tip 6: Check Dinner Timing

Pay attention to the timing of dinner to ensure it's right for your child. Avoid scheduling dinner too early, as your child might not be hungry yet due to recent snacks. Similarly, avoid dinner too late, as your child might be too tired to eat.

Tip 7: Be a Good Role Model at Dinnertime

Set a positive example by eating the same food as your child in child-size portions. Children are more likely to try new foods when they see their parents enjoying them, and modeling healthy eating habits is the best way to instill them in your child.

By implementing these tips, you can create a positive mealtime experience that creates healthy eating habits and strengthens family bonds. Remember, mealtime should be a time of joy, connection, and nourishment for your entire family.


How do you make mealtime enjoyable in your household? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below—we'd love to hear from you!


 
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