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01-14-2013, 05:32 AM
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Sounds like reading at the table is not an option with you needing to feed the younger one too, but do you have any audio books which you could put on. We've found them helpful for other situations where we need the children to stay in one place. For us they key is that they have to be pretty familiar stories, new ones are still to distracting.
Transition times are hard for both mine, I find keeping meal times regular, and making sure they have plenty of warning to pack up the activity help us. We use a timer like this where the kids can see it counting down. It's worked really well for things like computer games where they can only save at a certain point. They know not to start a new level when the timer is on amber.
I also agree with the PP who said maybe there are too many choices, my kids do better choosing between 2 items rather than the whole pantry.