Fifteen minutes to finish
It seems that I'm never able to get dinner completely cleaned up because the kids are still eating by the time I've taken care of everything else. They go away and leave their plates and come back and eat some more later, and half the time they go to bed without ever finishing.
No more. For the past several days, I have started setting a timer for fifteen minutes after my husband and I are done eating. The kitchen is closed after this time.
This has worked wonders for dinner cleanup! I can finally get the table cleared off in a timely manner. I hope that eventually the kids will learn to dawdle less over their dinner. I don't want to rush them, and I do want them to enjoy their food, but I'm hoping this will help them to stop running around, singing, pestering each other, and all those other little things that distract them from eating.
Do you children have a short attention span for their food? Any tips?