One of the biggest MEALTIME TIPS to prevent ‘mealtime meltdowns’ is having a SOLID ROUTINE!
Children crave routine and structure throughout the day just like they crave their favorite foods! Adding a mealtime routine can help children understand what is expected of them during this time.
Parents are their child’s biggest role models and they watch your every move. Use this to your advantage and demonstrate to your child how you would like them to sit at the table, how to eat their food, as well as how to talk at the table.
[Kristen adds: Are you jumping up from the table every 2 seconds? This role models to kids that they can too.]
Writing all of these down on to a chart and posting by the table for easy reference, can be very helpful to most children as well.
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