Mealtimes should be happy times and an opportunity for the family to spend time together. Feed young children with the rest of the family but give them their own plates so they get their share of the food. Cut up food into small pieces so that it is easier to eat.
Encourage children to be independent. Young children like to feed themselves but are messy eaters. Make sure most of the food reaches their mouth! Encourage children by talking to them, telling them how good the food is and how well they are eating. Try using mealtimes to improve children’s development. For example you can talk about the food, what it tastes like, name the foods and colours.
Don’t force children to eat in a hurry. Don’t insist they eat up all their food if they really don’t like it. Make sure mealtimes are enjoyable!