Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Clean Plate Club-Helping Kids Become Better Eaters.

I don't know about you but meal time at our house has at times been a struggle.

We talk to our kids about how good foods are good for our bodies and make us healthy and strong. Can you see those muscles?

What about these?

Our rule at the dinner table has always been if you want a dessert or treat of some sort you have to finish what is on your plate. I feel like this is very realistic because I know my kids and what they can eat. I never put more on their plate than I know they can handle. But, I also know, sometimes you just aren't very hungry. So they are given the choice. They have to try a bite of everything but if they are not hungry beyond that then they are not forced to eat. 

And fortunately, dessert is typically enough of an incentive. However, lately my oldest has been choosing not eat a lot more often. So I decided to come up with yet another incentive.

I created these placemats for each of the kids on my computer, printed them out on cardstock and laminated them. (You can download your own at the bottom of the post.)

The idea is that when they finish their meal, not only do they get a small treat but they get to become part of the "Clean Plate Club" and color in a letter of the word "CLEAN".

Once all the letters are colored they either get to choose What is for dinner, dessert, or where to go out to eat. (I'll kind of rotate the rewards to keep it interesting.)

Since their laminated, the erasable marker wipes right off so we can start again.

Download your own copy here.

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  1. Oh what a great idea! Hope you don't mind but I shared this link with my sister who has the HARDEST time getting her two little girls to eat. Dessert is not at all an incentive but they do love letters so maybe it'll help her out. Thanks for sharing! I just found your blog and I have enjoyed getting to know you better... I'm excited to follow along!

    new follower :)

    1. Thanks so much Bonnie! I hope it helps her out! Thanks for following! I'll stop by your blog as well!

      Have a great day!

  2. Your girls are wonderful! Speaking as a curly haired girl with a curly haired daughter and son - please don't let them buy in to the "my hair must to be straight for me to look good" hype. It's kind of a soap box for me - I get a little irritated when every makeover I see on a woman with curly hair has an extensive blow-out as if they can't be beautiful with the hair they have. Thank you for listening!

    1. Thanks Karen. I'm pretty fond of them myself. And I totally hear you about the hair. I do not have curly hair and have always envied anyone who did. My oldest has already made comments about wanting straight hair (like most of the princesses) and I (along with everyone else she meets) keep telling her how beautiful it is. I'm hoping she truly grows to love it and appreciate it. Thanks for the encouragement. I'll try my best. :)



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