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My 6 year old step daughter will sometimes be still eating her breakfast 30mins after I give it to her, while my 2 year old daughter has finished hers. She chose the cereal herself at shopping but is even slow eating toast. I’m in the process of trying a timer with the incentive that on a Saturday morning she gets a special treat at breakfast being coco pops. They don’t get sweet cereal at our house. How can I get my kids to eat faster?

Posted by Natalie, 30/08/13

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  • Try the timer. Try getting them up,earlier so they have lots of time to,eat.ma lot of parents complain about non eaters, it’s different to see slow eaters as a problem. Good luck :)

  • i wouldn’t rush her. she might be inclined to eat less in the future or stop completely due to the stress of trying to eat quick enough

  • Eating slow is better for us, you should maybe make more time for breakfast and let her enjoy and digest the food properly.

  • Not sure why you want her to eat faster, eating slower is actually good for you.

  • I wouldn’t be encouraging to eat faster … eating slow is good and probably as you try to rush her it will make her slower.

  • Eating slowly and mindfully is actually a good thing, we all should eat slower!

  • there are some good comments here

  • I think you shouldn’t push it… Let her take her time. Eating slowly should be encouraged.

  • How is she going now?

  • I think it’s just a stage you need to wait out unfortunately

  • how did it go? :)

  • I am a slow eater… I was always he last one sitting at the table finishing my dinner with impatient brothers wanting their dessert. My mum tried to get me to eat faster but I wasn’t purposely trying to be slow so nothing worked. I am still a slow eater and still the last one at the table!

  • She may be a slow eater. My eldest was always a much slower eater then my other two.

  • its good that they eat slow

  • Sometimes I think they are still half asleep too, when it is breakfast time-they are still waking up when they are eating.

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