We would be LIARS if we told you it is possible to have NO mess or fuss at meal times. Children need time to learn and develop they psychomotor skills. At some point ALL children will also start to go "NOOOOO! I DON"T WANT TO EAT THAT!!!!!"
You can however get less mess and fuss. (Already sounds like a good deal!)
Be prepared with the right hacks, tools and attitude!
#How to get less fuss
DON'T get into a power struggle with your kids at meal times.
DO negotiate a deal instead i.e If you finish your food in 15 minutes, you can get a nice drink, 10 minutes at the playground or 5 minutes extra TV time
DON'T insist on forcing your kids to eat the veggies that make them nauseous
DO find another way of incorporating the veggies into your dishes, or flavouring it differently i.e make veggie nuggets, veggie tempura or veggie sushi!
DON'T be away from the table or glued to your device
DO eat together and make meal times a positive experience! Be involved! You can have a challenge to see who finishes their veggies first, who will finish with a cleaner plate/table and finally win the reward of an ice-cream or a healthy treat!
#How to get less mess
1. Make sure your child is sitting at a comfortable height if you are sharing a table with them
-get a highchair or stack the chairs if you can't find one
2. Ensure they have cutlery that is suitable for them
-You can buy kid sized cutlery easily from any baby shops.
-Get a plastic/silicone bib to protect the clothes.
-From experience, larger bowls are way better than plates at containing mess!
3. MAKE SURE THE FOOD IS BITE SIZED! Cut the noodles into shorter strands, make sure the meat and veggies are in small chewable pieces.
-Portable food scissors are very helpful for this purpose.
-Dish out small portions at a time
4. Less mess doesn't mean no mess so have wet wipes ready at all times!
Lastly, you can finally say goodbye to spills when your child is drinking from a tetra pack with this HACK! Sometimes kid do get overly excited and squeeze the packet too hard and will end up having the drink all over themselves. This has been a sanity-saver for us!
Step 1: Pull out the top two folds of the packet
Step 2: Stuff the straw in for them
Step 3: Get your child to hold the folds
Step 4: Drink away!
Cheers to more happy meal times!
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Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.