Having a family dinner can be a fabulous time, but with children things can often get hectic. With a mind of their own, kids often throw a wrench in your dinner plans when they do not want to eat whatever healthy meal you have delivered. Here are a few things you can do to help them enjoy it more and promote a more disciplined attitude.
1. Do not substitute – no matter what your child says, don’t make something special for them. Make this a known rule so kids understand they can complain all they want without any kind of special treatment
2. Get kids involved – if you want kids to appreciate the meal more, get them involved with preparing it. They will have fun, they will learn about food, and they will also have much more respect for the meal
3. Offer incentives – sometimes incentives can be a great way of getting children to eat healthier. This can be in the form of some dessert options or something equally appetizing for them.
4. Never give up – don’t allow your kids to break you when it comes to eating the healthy meals you prepare. They will come around if you have the will to make them. They’ll thank you in the end too!
How to Eat Dinner with a Toddler Without Losing Your Mind [Huffingtonpost]