Q: Dinnertime at our house is always so chaotic. How can I take back control and make mealtime pleasant?
JS: It's been important for me to set rules that I'm comfortable with and can uphold at the table. These are my house rules (and you can decide which may work for you):

  • No toys at the table.
  • No television or other forms of entertainment.
  • If kids can't play, neither can adults. That means no phone calls, grown-ups!
  • Everyone feeds him or herself.
  • Children help set the table, clear plates and take turns helping to clean up the baby's mess. We keep a small dustpan and mini-sweeper in the kitchen.

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