As the title suggests, how long do you leave your kids food out for them to eat?
At what point to do know they are finished?
My kids fart a.ss around with food.
They will take little nibbles then fidget and pre occupy them selves with something.
We all sit at the table so after about 45 mins I'm usually sick of sitting around with them not eating so I'll clear the table.
They then freak out and want the food back.
I give in and leave them at the table with the food, they will do the same.. Have a nibble.. Fiddle around and not eat.
By that point the food has turned to sh*t and it's not even worth putting in the fridge to re-serve at the next meal time.
Then usually an hour after it's been tossed in the bin I get "I'm hungry mum"
Would it be to "Drill Sargent" of me to just say; 'alrighty kids, we have half an hour to eat dinner/lunch/etc, if you don't eat enough in that time, not my problem you will have to wait until next meal time' ?
Or is it is kind of mean me putting my kids on a time frame when eating?
I know I will worry too if they are eating enough, but I was hoping if I stuck to my guns they would soon learn that when the food is off the table, that's its. It's not coming back until the next meal time.
We have very healthy, wholesome fun food around here and I spend a lot of time preparing it all.
The kids get involved, they do love the food I give them but it seems the way they eat their food is just a sibling war at the moment.
(They distract each other when fidgeting etc)
I understand they might not always be hungry, I'm fine with that.
But this is just getting old.
So is this something you would considering doing?
Or am I just being silly in thinking this would work?
If you have any other suggestions on keeping them food focused at meal time then hit me with your suggestions