Toddler mealtime manners {Tuesday’s Toddler Tales linky}

I am the worlds pickiest eater.  Okay, maybe not that bad, but I am definitely picky.  When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, a lot of things went through my mind, and one of them was, how on earth could I get her to not be a picky eater.  I started making small changes and tried trying new foods, something I really hate to do.  Then when she started eating foods, I kept trying to eat a wide variety of foods.  I am not so good at it, but I do try to make different things and at least put one of everything on my plate, whether I like it or not.  And, I force myself to take a bite of it.  Above all though, I vowed to not make meal time a battle.

TUesday's Toddler Tales, Mealtime Manners, Charlie

I can only assume it has helped.  While it certainly doesn’t show too often, she does eat just about anything.  It just depends on the day.  A few weeks ago, we had a bunch of friends over for dinner and one of the kids wouldn’t eat a single thing that I made for dinner.  Now, it happened to be something Maggie isn’t a fan of, and I know she doesn’t care for it.  I always make sure that there is at least one thing I am serving that each kid likes, that way, I know they won’t go hungry.   A few of my friends, if their kids don’t eat what is for dinner, they will make them a peanut butter sandwich.  It kind of blew my mind. I mean, I am not making something else when I have already cooked dinner.  There is something that they will eat, and while I know that not everybody eats everything, I know that you won’t eat much at all if you never try anything, right?  But now, two of my friends do the p.b. sandwich thing.  I’m starting to wonder if I am wrong.  I am fully aware that as you read this, you could very well be judging my choices.  That’s alright.  What works for one child, may not work for another.

 

I have a rule.  Well, two actually, but they get to pick which one they want to follow.  1}  Eat all of two things on the plate if you want more of something.  2}  Take a small bite of everything on your plate if you want more of something.  I dine by these rules and encourage my kids to.

Tuesday's Toddler Tales, Mealtime Manners, Maggie

True story to go alone with this picture….we were sitting down to dinner the other night and Maggie says, Mama, green beans aren’t my favorite.  She really made me giggle when she went ahead and ate one.  

 

I also only put on their plate what I expect them to eat.  An idea I got from my very bestest friend.  It solves the negotiating to eat just one more bite problem.  Aside from all of that, they eat a lot of fruits and veggies {thank you farmer’s market}.  If they are still hungry, they will get a snack soon enough, and most of the time, it will be a healthy snack that they will dig into.

 

These things lead to happy, full bellies, most of the time.  Let’s face it, kids aren’t machines and won’t always do what you want.  Even the best laid plans will fail every now and then. That’s okay.  My kids will almost always scarf down that one bite of whatever it may be to get more of what they want.

Tuesday's Toddler Tales

Each week, we are linking up for Tuesday’s Toddler Tales.  This weeks topic is mealtime rules and manners.  Next week’s topic is taming tantrums.  Link up your post, old or new.

 

What are your mealtime rules or manners?  

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