dump the remains of their drink or your water on the left overs before you pick up the plate.
take a small trash bag to the table with you and dispose of the left overs before you have a chance to munch.
I also have problems with this also, my kids are all grown up, but one of my boys is severely physically disabled so has to have help eating (and doesn't eat a whole lot so there are always left overs)
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9,633 6/3/13 12:10 P
I remind myself that I am NOT a garbage can, and I'm not to treat myself like one. It's not "saving" food, it's wasting it just like throwing it away is. Instead of the landfill, though, it goes on your hips!
The other thing I do now is insist my kids take their own plates to the kitchen. Younger kids can just take them and put them on the counter, and older kids can actually scrape their own plates.
Finally, start giving your kids less. If they always have leftovers, you're giving them too large a serving of food. GIve them less, and if they want more, they can have seconds. If they have less to eat, there's less there to tempt you.
I really think KCLARK's option is the best solution (much more economical as well in the long run!) - but there will be some times when leftovers will happen, even if you made smaller portions!
Something I always do when I'm clearing plates and I notice a tasty leftover on my sister/mothers/etc's plate, is I quickly mash it up with the remaining leftovers from the other plates. Once they're all mixed up, the food doesn't look so tasty and appealing!
I feel a bit guilty doing that sometimes, as though I were wasting or playing with food somehow. But I know I shouldn't be eating it, and it's going to end up in the trash can anyway!
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1,066 6/3/13 10:37 A
Have you tried starting with smaller portions for them? If there are always leftovers, then give them a first helping and then a tiny bit more if they finish what they had first. Or if it is something that can be re-heated, then wrap it up and stick it in the fridge.
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17 6/3/13 10:05 A
Morning All, I am only 2 days into ANOTHER attempt to stay on track. My problem today is how to stop myself from eating off the kids plate hen I clean the table. They always have left over and for some reason between the table and the garbage can it ends up in my mouth. When making my food I have no problem with self control and do not snack at all but the kids plate thing is almost involuntary. It is not the end of the world but the extra calories here and there are certainly not helping. Any suggestion
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