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We do a countdown for dinner with our chatty-Cathy DD1. We tell her dinner will be over in 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute. Then we take her plate away and no food until breakfast. Now before anyone throws tomatoes- if she's eating from the start and continuously eating, we don't do this. This is for the chit-chat nights where she plays and talks (and would wait until we were done to start eating). It's helped tremendously, be it's her choice to eat or not in the time frame, not ours, no pressure to take bites, etc.
good luck, bc I know this is frustrating.
The OP is worried about eating disorders. What you've suggested sounds like a perfect way to set up a power struggle, which is exactly what eating disorders are.
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A long, leisurely dinner that includes good food and lots of good conversation.........sounds like the perfect evening with friends. Why does it suddenly stress us out when it involves our children instead?
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