Mealtime - Book Review

I have reviewed for Free Spirit Publishing before and I absolutely LOVE all the books that they have to offer!
I was given the chance to review the newest book from their Toddler Tools Series.

The newest book is called, Mealtime, and in it you learn all about how important mealtime is!
With Mealtime, Broxton and I have been discussing why we eat our fruits and veggies...
To grow up strong and healthy!
Also, we discuss the importance of table manners.
From washing our hands before we eat, to trying new things..
Just one bite!
We also learn to use Please and Thank You...
As well as using your napkin!

We try to teach Broxton manners as it is, but with reading this...
We get to discuss it more..
Including looking at pictures and seeing other kids doing the same thing!

As with the other books in the Toddler Tools Series, the illustration is adorable, yet simple... With easy to read fonts and colorful words!
I also love that they are the board books.
Sturdy enough for every day reading!!!!

At the end of the book, they include 8 tips for pleasant Mealtimes with a Toddler...
I have added this for you to read:

Know your goals. Mealtime is an opportunity to teach young children two major life skills: nutrition and table manners. Both skills take time and practice. The table is a busy place, and it’s not always possible to focus on both skill sets at once. It’s more important for your child to grow and be healthy—so put the greater emphasis on eating nutritious foods. Keep the message simple and repeat it often: “We eat our fruits and veggies to grow up strong and healthy.”
Set some rules. When your child is young, teach the “Always try one bite” rule. Encourage your child to take at least one bite of an unfamiliar or unwanted food, and then leave it at that. If your child doesn’t like the food, don’t force the issue. And don’t give up either—the very next time you get your child to try a bite of that same food, he might like it!
Have reasonable expectations. Long family dinners with great food and conversation can be wonderful—but not always achievable. Making meals simple, kid-friendly, and healthy is plenty. As your child grows, mealtime will become a bit more manageable. Accept that, for now, chaos comes with the territory.
Get your child involved in meal prep. Toddlers are naturally curious and full of energy. As you make a meal, let your child help with simple tasks—tearing lettuce for the salad or putting a spoon by each plate. Then make a big deal about how your child helped cook and set the table.
Practice praising your child. Did she taste a new food? Or remember to use a napkin? Or get through a whole meal without spilling her drink? Notice each small triumph and remember to say, “Good job.”
Create rituals and routines. Have children wash their hands before coming to the table. You can also use mealtime to teach simple manners like “Please,” “Thank you,” and “May I be excused?” Depending on what works for you, you might signal that mealtime is a special time by lighting a candle, saying grace, or briefly holding hands at the table. You might even encourage your child to “Kiss the cook.”
Give your child some undivided attention. One way to get toddlers to enjoy meals and sit still for an extended period of time is to give them your full attention. Ask them questions. Listen intently to their answers. When you make the table a nurturing place, your child will come to appreciate mealtime as a special time together.
Keep it short. Toddlers tend to eat and run—literally. At this age, they’re wiggly and active and may not be able to sit at the table for long. Instead of making your child stay until everyone has finished, let him get up and play so the rest of you can linger. Just make sure he clears his plate first.

If you have not heard of Free Spirit Publishing, I would totally suggest you check them out!!!
I plan on adding more of the Toddler Tool Series Books to our library!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


  1. What a wonderful series! I will have to check out their books.


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