Questions tagged [mealtime]

Scheduled time to eat a meal.

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For 3 years our 6 year old refuses to eat

... Other than chocolate cake and ham sandwiches of course! I'm seeking help with what seems like a 3 year problem. I have a 6 year old who other than breakfast cereal, ham sandwiches, and chocolate ...
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What are the benefits to setting definite mealtimes for a kindergartner?

My son is five. My wife is quite controlling. She is a stay-at-home wife. I work 6 days a week until 3pm. She insists on cooking dinner (cooking is her thing) but won't set a definite time for it and ...
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Can I use an hourglass to make my kid eat faster?

TL;DR version: My daughter eats quite slowly. Can I use an hourglass to teach her to eat faster? When this time is out, I take her plate away even if it's not finished. Longer version: My daughter is ...
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Should I allow my child to make an alternate meal if they do not like anything served at mealtime?

Should I allow my child to make an alternate meal if they do not like anything served at mealtime? If a child decides that they don't want anything that is served at mealtime should they be allowed ...
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6 Year Old meal Time expectations

We have a 6 year old son and food time is often a struggle. My son is not interested in food (and more enticing food seems to make very little difference), and is very easily distracted, making him ...
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Having older kids wear an apron at meal

I'm wondering whether it is acceptable to have older kids (I mean girls between 11 and 18 yr old) wear an apron at meals. I used to think that by 10 yr old, they would be able to eat perfectly cleanly ...
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Should I allow toys at the table at mealtimes?

My 1.5 year old daughter is constantly carrying around her toys, and often a toy is in her hand when she comes to the table. We have already decided that no electronics will be allowed at the table, ...
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What schedule works for working parents and their kids to have dinner together as a family?

Each day during the week, I pick up my 1.5-year-old daughter at daycare on my way home from work, and we are home between around 5:30 or 5:45. By then, she is quite hungry, since they eat at 2 pm at ...
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Is Television appropriate for meal times?

I grew up eating in front of the TV, watching kids programs, while my parents and, much elder, brother watched news or quiz programs in the neighboring room. On Weekends we all ate around the same ...
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