Guys, I have a problem. Ever since my son came back from his trip with dad in August, we've been having issues with him eating for up to an hour to finish his plate. At the same time, he completely zones out during eating, stairs at the windows, plays with some objects that are on the table, leaves the spoon and just sits there for a while. He is 5 years old, by the way, and goes to kindergarten. I am so sick of this. Today I yelled at him after he sat there for 20 mins and still had most of the portion unfinished. He is not excited about food or eating anymore at all! At school, a lot of time (most), he brings back what I pack for him. He only survives on a little snack they give them.
Would setting up the timer help? I've started talking to him about our table rules a couple of weeks back, and he has improved some. I guess it will take some time for the problem to unwind bc how long I had let it go. But I need him to understand the expectation -all you have is 20 mins the most to finish all, not an hour to barely touch it and complain all the way through that he is full, tired, and not hungry!!!I don't want this to turn in any sort of behavioral issue or unhealthy attitude toward food!