What you should do: Don’t highlight picky eating. Instead, make eating an enjoyable experience. iStockphoto.com
What you should do: Don’t highlight picky eating. Instead, make eating an enjoyable experience. iStockphoto.com

Table manners for parents

Is your child a picky eater? Careful what you say to them during mealtimes – you might actually be contributing to the problem. Here’s what to say and what to avoid:

Avoid “Your sister is eating it, why don’t you?”

Translation Your sister is a better eater than you.

What you should say “I know you’ll get there, sweetie. It takes time to learn to like a new food.”

Avoid “You used to like this – you are so picky.”

Translation Maybe you won’t grow out of your


What you should do Don’t highlight picky eating. Instead, make eating an enjoyable experience.

Avoid “For the last time, no, you cannot have ice cream.”

Translation You’re never getting ice cream again.

What you should say “We are not having ice cream now because lunch is a half-hour away. We’ll have some one day this week for dessert.”

Avoid “You didn’t eat enough. Take a few more bites and then you can leave the table.”

Translation Mom or dad or empty plate (external signals) are a better judge of when I’m done eating.

What you should say “Make sure you’ve got enough to eat because the next meal won’t be until breakfast (or lunch, dinner, snack time).”

Avoid “If you eat some of your veggies, you can have dessert.”

Translation I can’t wait until the day I don’t have to eat my veggies and go straight to dessert.

What you should do Experiment with different

vegetables and recipes.

Why it pays to compare

A comparison of sending Dh20,000 from the UAE using two different routes at the same time - the first direct from a UAE bank to a bank in Germany, and the second from the same UAE bank via an online platform to Germany - found key differences in cost and speed. The transfers were both initiated on January 30.

Route 1: bank transfer

The UAE bank charged Dh152.25 for the Dh20,000 transfer. On top of that, their exchange rate margin added a difference of around Dh415, compared with the mid-market rate.

Total cost: Dh567.25 - around 2.9 per cent of the total amount

Total received: €4,670.30 

Route 2: online platform

The UAE bank’s charge for sending Dh20,000 to a UK dirham-denominated account was Dh2.10. The exchange rate margin cost was Dh60, plus a Dh12 fee.

Total cost: Dh74.10, around 0.4 per cent of the transaction

Total received: €4,756

The UAE bank transfer was far quicker – around two to three working days, while the online platform took around four to five days, but was considerably cheaper. In the online platform transfer, the funds were also exposed to currency risk during the period it took for them to arrive.


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

Pros and cons of BNPL


  • Easy to use and require less rigorous credit checks than traditional credit options
  • Offers the ability to spread the cost of purchases over time, often interest-free
  • Convenient and can be integrated directly into the checkout process, useful for online shopping
  • Helps facilitate cash flow planning when used wisely


  • The ease of making purchases can lead to overspending and accumulation of debt
  • Missing payments can result in hefty fees and, in some cases, high interest rates after an initial interest-free period
  • Failure to make payments can impact credit score negatively
  • Refunds can be complicated and delayed

Courtesy: Carol Glynn

Series information

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First Test, Dubai International Stadium

Sun Oct 6 to Thu Oct 11

Second Test, Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tue Oct 16 to Sat Oct 20          

 Play starts at 10am each day




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