The problem at our house is the children always want to eat. What’s up with that? We eat breakfast before 7:30am and they’re asking for food by 9am. We eat lunch around11:30/12 and the minute quiet time is over they’re asking for a snack.
I understand that growing children need food. In general this isn’t a problem, until I start hearing this:
“No, I want square crackers, not round crackers.”
(insert whine) “My cracker is broken! I can’t eat a broken cracker!”
“Little Boy got cheese, how come I didn’t get cheese?”
“What do you mean we’re out of apples?”
You can see how it would get a tad annoying. So I’m going to figure out a way to implement a new system. The main issues are that the kids want to eat all the time and that they’re not happy with what they’re served so they whine about it. I HATE whining.
One thing I want to try is something I read about somewhere else a long time ago. Get a muffin tin and fill each hole with the snacks for the day. Each child gets a muffin tin. Once they eat their snacks then they’re done for the day. If they eat them all by 10 am, then that’s it. Just lunch and then they’ll have dinner at the normal time. Or else we have a snack time where everyone sits down together, eats the snack, and then they get up and snack time is over. They eat what they’re served, just like at dinner.
I may have to put up with increased whining for a bit but hopefully it will pay off. I’ll let you know how it goes.