My dd is 10 so there's no playing or throwing food. She does not have to eat everything nor sit there for a certain amount of time. But because she used to rush through eating just to watch tv or play again we started a half hour break rule that when she finishes eating for the next half hour she has to either work on homework or read or something like that. So that has helped her not rush through eating, she eats more now, might have seconds.
Dinner is on the table around 6:30-7:00 (most of the time). We all sit together and eat, and when you're done you can go. If you didn't eat because you were goofing around, you sit and eat. If you're legitimately full, you can go. We don't throw food, but we do joke around the whole time.
Dinner is usually around 6:30. We all sit at the table together until the last person is done but if someone is not hungry they are welcome to save their left overs for a snack.
Dinner is always pretty casual at our house. we only have 1 DD who is 4yrs old. Usually we just eat and chat. I dont usually make her clean her plate. I can almost always tell when shes actually done, when she doesnt like something, or when shes just ready to move on to something else.
We sit at the table until they are full. No throwing food.
My son is 2 and he has a table in the living room that he eats at. He is pretty good at sitting down while eating anything, thank goodness! Now if I could get him to stop throwing his cup on the floor. ..
Generally dinner lasts for about 30 minutes. Generally they have to clean their plates. No they aren't allowed to play during dinner.
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