MU Extension MU Extension       University of Missouri    ●    Columbia    ●    Kansas City       Rolla     ●    St. Louis - Adults and Children - Adolescents



Quick Answers...

When it's time for us to eat dinner, it's very difficult to get my three-year-old daughter to come to the table. She is busy playing and doesn't want to stop what she is doing, so sometimes it takes several attempts to get her to come and eat. What can I do to make this easier?

Set up a routine, so that your daughter gets in the habit of coming to dinner when it's time. Eating at generally the same time each day will help. Also, you and your daughter can decide together on a signal that means it's dinner time. You can ring a bell, use one of her puppets or stuffed animals to tell her it's dinner time, or use some other signal that you and she agree upon. It helps to give young children a 5-minute warning before a transition, e.g. "In five minutes, it will time for dinner."




Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia




Can't Find Your Question Here? Try Searching Our Quick Answer Knowledge Base

Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009





University of Missouri logo links to

Site Administrator: 
Copyright  ADA  Equal Opportunity

MissouriFamilies is produced by the College of Human Environmental Sciences,
Extension Division, University of Missouri-Columbia