I've struggled getting my kids to eat their dinner for a looooonnnnnggggg time. Maybe forever (feels like forever anyway). Oh, and I'm talking proper food, like 'adult' food... not nuggets, sausages or cheese grilled sandwiches and blah blah.
A few months ago a friend told me how she gets her two young daughters to eat their dinner. She feeds them breakfast, morning tea, lunch and then NOTHING (except water) until dinner (lunch at 11.30-12 then dinner at 5pm).
I put this to the test two days ago.
DAY 2: Miss 1 & Miss 2 ate a serving of porridge and some toast for breakfast. Then they had an apple each and shared a packet of tiny teddies. They had a handful of hot chips (Sunday tradition in our family) and a bite or two of their sandwich + strawberries. Then NOTHING til dinner. I know it is super boring but again they were served lasanga and ate it all.... again I was amazed! And they asked for their ice-cream.
How awesome is an empty plate?!
I also didn't eat anything from lunch to dinner... in case you were wondering!
ALSO: Miss 2 only asked once for something to eat each day, around 4pm. It was easy to say 'dinner will be soon' and she was happy with that!
WARNING: And yes of course, this solution won't work for every single child and parent out there. Remember this is my experience... and I am sharing to help/encourage others!