DS is now 7 plus and is incredibly slow at eating, usually taking an hour to eat his meal! Have tried encouraging him, switching off tv, leaving him alone at table, nothing but nothing works, its driving the family insane. Help, any ideas????
Is 45 minutes really that much? I wish I took longer to eat - am known for bolting my food (and get heartburn). dd is 2.5 and if she's eating well, she often takes half an hour - sometimes more - but half an hour at table doesn't seem excessive to me. Maybe thats my French genes talking..
Tewin, I would agree with switching tv off - if meal time is about eating, it helps to focus on just that IMO.
Hi Twototango, yes DS is exactly the same atschool lunchtime, he spends most of his time eating and doesnt seem to care about reduced playtime. He is very popular so it isnt a case of staying in on purpose. Much the same at restaurants too but I KNOW he can improve as have witnessed it just a few times.
It must be very frustrating for you especially in restaurants etc, but looking on the bright side at least he is eating all of his meal. sorry got no suggestions but at least this will keep the thread going until someone has a good idea
My ds1 is just the same. He can't eat quickly, and at school has to have tiny amounts in his lunchbox so that he gets any playtime at all. He's 6 and shows no sign of speeding up. I think some kids are just like that.
my dd 6yrs is also an absolute nightmare, and it drives me to despair, its only at home tho not when we eat out or at school, I too will be watching for any advice, it can take her up to an hour to finish her Sunday roast
DS2 used to take over an hour to eat dinner. I now set the timer for 30 minutes and that is how long he's got. He's not taken longer than that so far! OI told him that if he finished within the allotted time, we would discuss dessert.
Well, three days in a row now DS has taken so long to eat it has vitually become bedtime as the knife and fork go down! He is not at all bothered, it has taken over one hour each time (we have had three days late home from sch (activities and such), thanks everyone for your responses, I guess I'll just have to sit this out and hope for improvement, by the way he does'nt snack either. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee