Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of Love.

Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

The 15 Minute Food Rule

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Our kids have become quite the picky eaters. We tried punishing them. Sending them to bed early. Putting them in time out. Taking away privileges of watching a show after dinner. Nothing was working. Stubborn kids. No idea where they got that from.

Sometimes the girls would like the food & eat it, but they’d start singing a song or talk so much that it would take over an hour for them to get through dinner. Or they’d ask how many bites they had to take before they were “done” – whether they liked the dish or not.

So we started a new rule. After we pray, we set the timer for 15 minutes. Anyone who eats all their food in that 15 minutes gets dessert. After 15 minutes, everyone is allowed to leave the table. Nobody is allowed to leave the table before the 15 minutes is up — even if they’re done eating.

Squirt doesn’t quite understand yet & he usually doesn’t want dessert, even if he does eat everything. He’s the only kid who doesn’t have my sweet tooth.

Lil’ Man is still pretty stubborn. In the past couple of weeks that we’ve been doing this, he’s only had dessert a couple of times. He’d much rather his plate look like the photo above.

Miss Cakes has only missed dessert a handful of times.

We’ve had phenomenal results with Miss Boo. There has only been one time that she didn’t finish in the 15 minutes. It was very emotional for her. Apparently she just couldn’t stomach dinner that night.

And of course, my husband & I have had no problem earning dessert.

One Response to The 15 Minute Food Rule

  1. [...] let the 15 minute rule slide for the last couple of weeks. Don’t think our nerves could take one more [...]

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