When it comes to child care in Perth or anywhere else, sometimes the problems that children pose can conflict with what you aim to teach them. However, with perseverance, you can impart skills that aren’t completely covered at any given day care in Perth and should be reinforced at home. One of these is mealtime etiquette and children are known for being notoriously fussy. The good news is that there are some practical things that you can do to make mealtimes easier and be able to teach your children some social skills.
Setting the Scene
The first thing you should do in preparing your children for mealtime is to set some standards. If they learn how this activity takes place, they will learn how to act during it. Turn off all electronics devices, such as the television, put down your newspaper and tell your child that electronic games or gadgets are not allowed on the table. By setting aside some time to eat together, you can send the message that it’s a special time for the family and your children will catch on to that.
Your behaviour is key as well because you should be a role model and your children will imitate you. It may take time for them to remember and stick to the appropriate actions but they will—so, be patient.
Mealtimes can be peaceful—no tantrums or playing with food. This may sound too ideal or impossible, but it can happen—it will take time to achieve, though. Children will act out at first, so be prepared to set appropriate punishments for wrong behaviour. As always, follow through to check for progress, or else your message will be ignored.
Set realistic expectations for your children as well. Include them in dinnertime conversations, but be aware that they have a much lower attention span and shouldn’t be held at the table too long. Although it may be tricky sometimes, be firm but with realistic expectations.
When it comes to disciplining your children, childcare centres in Perth can help you greatly. However, mealtime etiquette and milestones are best to be built up at home. Show your little ones that having a meal together is a special time for the family and you can all have a good time.
To learn more about how we teach children, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702, and the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.