Alexandria - posted on 09/28/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
Up until recently I've been pretty successful at getting my daughter to eat healthy. Now, along with a lot of other defiant behavior typical of 2 yr olds, she has become less willing to eat. Like, last night I made sun dried tomato alfredo (my daughter liked Fazoli's alfredo, so I figured she'd like mine too, thought mine is definitely more harty) with veggies sauteed in it, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat garlic toast. She loves bread and ate that but hardly touched the pasta and sauce (She seriously said, 'Wow, this is not good.') lol, then she was hungry shortly after and was asking for Cheerios! I am a SAHM and I tend to spend quite a bit of time preparing healthy, yummy meals for my family. Between trying to keep the kitchen clean, not going over budget on groceries and also not wanting to allow a 2 yr old to run my household, I'd prefer to not make meals for her between meal times. She is in the upper percentiles for her age-weight, so she's not likely to wither away. She does eat, she tends to enjoy most breakfast, lunch and snack time options I give her, it's dinner I've been having trouble with lately. -I'm just wondering if it's wrong to expect her to wait until the next meal time to eat.- I dont want to impede her development or leave her miserably hungry but I also dont want to be a servant to the whims of a 2 yr old and allow her to opt out of healthy foods without experiencing the natural consequences of her choices. My husband and I were both raised with the idea that you eat whats on the table at meal time or you just have to wait until the next meal is served but I'm wondering if maybe she's too young to learn that lesson yet.
Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to this. I would really apreciate some feed back from other parents with kids around my daughter's age.