Jiedyn is six year old and has always has been my fussy eater.
Mince, Rice and veggies have never been touched no matter what dish they're put into. Rissolls, Pasta and Fried Rice are all dishes I I love but tend to avoid when meal planning for the week.
Last weekend I watched the box set of Supernanny to find new ways to cope with my strong spirited three year old but not only has it helped me bring schedule, structure and routine to our home, It has also allowed me to get on top of bedtime, behaviour in public and eating issues I have struggled with up until this point with both of the kids.
Using the "Good Eating Technique" last night was a massive success. Rissolls, Mashed Potato, Mixed Veggies and Corn on the Cob was for tea and by simply counting bites, encouraging the kids and getting excited with every mouthful was all worth the sight of an empty plate and knowing my kids had full bellies.
It was so encouraging in fact, that I decided to try the nightmare food tonight!!
Just me saying that we're having pasta starts off the moans and groans. Up until this point every time we've had pasta Jie ends up only eating pasta with melted cheese. Tonight I made a "Self Serve" night of the most undesired dish - ever. With a lot of encouragement check him out!
Nevaeh struggles to stay put in her seat at dinner time but with me getting excited at every bite Jie was taking tonight she actually wanted to sit and eat. I use the age-per-mouthful-before-leaving-the-table-technique with her and it works a treat. She has always been a good eater, eats anything without hesitation but its just the sitting and staying at the table that she has trouble with.
If you haven't checked out the Supernanny DVD's I would highly recommend them.. I just borrowed the box set from the local DVD shop and trust me when I say - It's the best thing I have ever done!