Shifting Your School-Aged Child from Mealtime Mess to Neater Eater

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In a world where parents are understandably most focused on picky eaters, having children who get as much food on their face and the floor as they do in their bellies is often simply accepted as part of the job. After all, at least they’re eating, right?

I have a friend who disagrees. Her nine-year-old daughter has a healthy appetite and is open to trying new foods, but she ends up with food everywhere, sometimes even in her ears and hair. It exasperates her mother, especially if they’re dining at a restaurant or if Maddie comes home from school with remnants of her lunch still stuck to her face—despite the napkin Susan puts in her lunchbox every day.