I'm ashamed to admit it. My kids frequently eat dinner in the living room in front of the TV.
Boogie has been a grazer since birth, and allowing him to take his time is the easiest way to get him to eat his whole meal. We do do dinner together at the table, but some nights Hubby and I will eat together after the kids go to bed. Every once in a while, I like to sit and eat without several trips to the kitchen for coveted utensils and refills.
Dinner was running a little late the other night and I wanted the kids to eat in under an hour and a half (like 20 minutes) so they could get their baths and be in bed on time. I turned off the TV, put their dinner on the dining room table (just the 2 of them, so they weren't to happy about not being able to watch Sponge Bob) and had them sit. I had a plan, and it worked.
You remember the old college game of quarters? Well this was even easier. One kid pick heads, the other gets tails, and I sat with them and flipped the quarter. Which ever side it landed on, that kid had to take a bite. Puddin' Pop was upset when it came up heads 3 times in a row (she was tails) but it evened up after that. I even let them flip the quarter a couple times.
Dinner was complete in 20 minutes and no one complained. It was a great night!