Cutting up your child's food will help them settle down at meal time, a new study has found.
Children between the ages of six and 10 who ate foods they had to bite with their front teeth — such as chicken drumsticks, corn on the cob or whole apples — were rowdier at meal times than children who had their food cut up for them.
"They were twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids," Cornell University researcher Brian Wansink said.
The researchers observed 12 elementary children over two days as they attended a 4-H summer camp. Children fed chicken on the bone were more likely to disobey their camp leaders, leave a designated area without permission and jump and stand on the picnic tables.
"If you want a nice quiet, relaxing meal with your kids, cut up their food," Wansink said.