Quick & Simple Tip to Get Your Kids to Finish Their Meal

by on October 23, 2011

Ever feel like you are constantly having to help your child focus on finishing his or her meal? Feel like a nag saying, “please take another bite” “only 3 more bites, please” “eat your dinner, or else!” or something along those lines…

One thing I have noticed with kids is that they love games. I am saying this out loud to myself again as a reminder that everyday tasks don’t always have to be so boring and serious. I need to lighten up sometimes…please tell me I am not the only one! This “game” works every time* with our 3 year old daughter, and is educational to boot!

Okay, are you ready? This is it…simply say a letter of the alphabet each time your little one takes a bite and say words out loud that start with that letter. Simple? Super. Yet somehow, my daughter thinks this is so great! We vary it sometimes – for example, seeing if we can get to a certain letter or through the alphabet or going backwards through the alphabet. Of course we always include family members names or favorite things as we go through the corresponding letters like “d” is for “daddy” and “i” is for “ice cream”. So the next time you feel like you are having to pull teeth, take a deep breath and engage your kids in a fun, family-friendly alphabet game.

*Annabelle is generally a really good eater and often with sit and eat an entire meal from start to finish without prompting. For the occasions when she is distracted or tired or whatever, this works for us – think it might work for you?

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