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Monday, 7 September 2015

Parenting Hack - How to encourage your children to eat all of their dinner

So last week I posted about our dinner time rules and how I wanted to ensure my children ate a varied diet and finished everything on their plate. Our plan has been going well so far and it is mainly due to this little carrot I dangle in front of their eyes. Ladies and Gents I present to 'Design your own' supper sharing board for kids.

The rule is - if you finish everything on your plate, you get to join in with creating your own supper. Inspired by the Ice Cream Candy Shop we tried at Frankie and Benny's, I create a different board each night with literally anything that is in my cupboard! Usually yoghurt, cereal, fruit and some sort of treat whether this be a piece of cake or a biscuit. They can add cake sprinkles too. The kids love being creative and designing a new dish and can't wait to show me their design - they're always really proud of them too. We think of a name for their new supper dish once it has been created.

Harry's 'Mr Crispy Head'

Jack's abomination themed dessert

I know you may think that this seems like a lot of work but it literally takes 2 minutes to put together. You don't need to put any thought into it - the beauty is you just go with what you've got!

Last night we had three completely clean plates with mince and dumplings. This is unheard of in our house but they all wanted to join in with the supper board.

What do you think? Do you have any creative ways to encourage your children to eat everything on their plate?



  1. What a fabulous idea! I love it. We are trying to cut down on sugar with no puddings in the week so I am wondering how I could do something similar but without the sugar. Mmmm.

  2. Love it! And my kids love love love food in silicone cake cases?!?!? I have no idea why but they love having snacks seprated like that!

  3. Fab idea - Pickle used to eat everything, now we have a bit of a power struggle! I love my homemade soup which packs at least 5 veg in - and all the children love it :) Kaz x

  4. I don't have kids, but I love reading stuff like this, gathering all the tips up for when I do have them. This is a great idea and I will pass it on to my friends that do have them.



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