Jess - posted on 05/01/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )
I feel really strongly about families sitting down together to eat dinner, no distractions. So naturally that is the rule in our house. When dinner is ready on the table we expect Ava to join us and sit nicely and eat her dinner. The reality is though she simply doesn't want to.
There is a fantastic program on tv each night called the "Giggle and Hoot Goodnight Hour". Its fantastic it allows me to cook dinner in peace but the down side is her favourite show "In the night garden" is always either just starting or playing at the time dinner is ready. So I pause the tv and put her up at the table to eat. The issue is she won't eat, she pitches a fit and insist's on getting down and going to watch the tv.
I've found myself compromising the rules by leaving the tv paused and finishing my own dinner. Ava wanders around on her own getting no attention until we are finished dinner. Then once we are done, I will bring Ava's plate into the lounge room, switch the program on and Ava will then come and eat her dinner one mouthful at a time. She is happy to eat all her dinner, including veggies which is great but I'm torn.
Do I stick with the rules and risk her not eating any dinner. Or do I compromise, allow her to eat her dinner while watching her show and wait till she is older to have that battle. My current thought process is, the older she gets the harder it will be to get her to eat healthy fresh foods. Meanwhile, the older she gets the more she will understand that the show is just paused, she just needs to eat and then she is free to sit and watch her show.... that seems the easier of the battles really.
What do you think. I'm stuck between a rock and hard place here !!! I'm I getting myself into a false sense of security by sticking with what we are doing ?