Jewelie - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
My husband and I have 4 children, ages 12, 10, 9 and 6. We sit together at the table at home, on average, for supper about 5-6 times per week. Despite many attempts at different methods (positive reinforcement, punishment, time-out, dismissal from table), it seems that supper time just gets out of hand and giggling and laughing becomes the main goal. I feel like the meanie at the table for constantly telling the children to settle down b/c I do want them to enjoy suppertime, but my husband and I just seem to have little to no control during mealtime. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to have fun at the table with a large family without it becoming a comedic contest?