Today I met Sharon, who told me how she got her grand-daughter to quit eating in front of the TV and start eating dinner and having pleasant conversation with them instead.
Sharon’s daughter, Emily, a single mom of five-year-old Katie, lives next door. Katie had gotten in the habit of eating dinner at a table by herself in front of the TV.
“She doesn’t know what she’s eating, or how much,” Sharon told her daughter.
So the grandparents got involved. They made dinner, set the table, and invited Emily and Katie to have dinner with them every night for a while.
They told Katie that they were going to have dinner together and share stories about their day.
Katie had no resistance to the new plan.
In fact, after a little while, Katie would come bursting in before the meal started to tell her story, and they would tell her, “Wait, we are setting the…