My 9yr old son keeps getting into things

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 9yr old son keeps getting up the morning and getting into food he knows he isn't suppose to. He knows he is suppose to eat his breakfast provided for him but instead he will eat candy sprinkles, sugar, snack items and more. We have explained to him that this isn't acceptable behavior and have punished him numerous times for this. Does anyone have any suggestions??

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Tanya - posted on 08/29/2009

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stop buying the junk food and fill ur fridge with plenty of fruit ,cheese and yoghurts to snack on ,,, then hopefully there wont be any problem with what hes eating ..

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Michelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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I had to put a combination lock on my kitchen door. At every meal I make sure my sons eat as much healthy food as they can handle, until they stop asking for more, but then in the middle of the night they were getting up and getting into things. They'd eat ANYTHING -- peanut butter, straight sugar, even condiments. They weren't even hungry, but since they were awake and no one else was they figured they could get whatever they wanted. (They didn't always even eat the food they stole, sometimes they played with it. A couple of times they even "painted" on their wall with the mustard.) Now I keep the kitchen door locked and a bunch of fresh fruit sitting out on the bar -- if they are really hungry they can eat that.

Paula - posted on 08/31/2009

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I had to put a slide lock on my pantry door to keep my four year old out... I still let him have candy.........just not as much or when ever he wants it. He knows candy is a reward and not a staple food ths way.

Patty - posted on 08/31/2009

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You know what...why don't you just get a bin and hide it in your closet....maybe that will control it a little better....and if he tries to sneak some he'll have to come into your room to do it.

Beth - posted on 08/31/2009

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Definately take him into the doctor to rule out any health - physical or mental - issues that could be going on with him. The doctor will be a good place to get info on what can happen if he contiues on this path of eating.



Setup a family meeting and discuss the rules and the consequences to anyone in the family breaking the Sweet rule - just make sure that both you and your husband can and do follow thru with the consequence if you break the rule.



You don't want to deny him sweets - just control when and where it is appropriate for him to have them. Also bring a few sweets into the house as possible. If you do need to bring in something like candy sprinkles for baking - is there a place in your room that they can be kept - and if you have to look at a lock on the drawer / closet or your room if you feel he won't respect staying out of your room / stuff.

Jackie - posted on 08/31/2009

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I don't think she's saying it's as simple as that - if he's taking in too much sugar and binging, he's at risk for childhood (or later) diabetes, as well as generally bad health.

I think I have read previously that this is a symptom of some type of health issue, but I can't recall what it was.

Patty - posted on 08/31/2009

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This sounds just like my 5 yr old daughter and she just asked me if she could have sprinkles for a snack! Her father thinks we should put a lock on the pantry but I just can't do that!



I'm sure he's healthy and a normal 9 yr old. What kid doesn't like candy and sugary treats.....if a child didn't like that stuff I would consider taking him to the doctor.....I'm sure he'll grow out of it or grow tired of it.....maybe you can find something else for him to do in the morning that will peak his interest?

Jackie - posted on 08/30/2009

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I would suggest taking him to the doctor to make sure it's not health related. I don't know what to tell you if it's behavioral besides what these other ladies have said, but I wish you good luck with the problem!

Jennifer - posted on 08/30/2009

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Thank you all so much for your suggestions. However, we have tried all these already :( If there are no sweets available then he ninjas the peanut butter. We hide things way outta sight and reach and he finds time to sneak into whatever he can while we are in the restroom or in the middle of the night.

Melanie - posted on 08/29/2009

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Hide them. I find putting them somewhere where they don't belong but are not in sight works wonders. A bit of out of sight out of mind and too hard to find. At least it works with my husband!



We also allow our daughter to sprinkle chocolate or strawberry milk flavouring over her breakfast instead of sugar - she really likes it. It started with fortified chocolate milk flavouring as a toddler as she wasn't a big eater and it was way cheaper and much less sugar than the toddler formula.

Amanda - posted on 08/29/2009

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MY SON LIKES A LOT OF SUGERY ITEMS IE CHOC BUSCUITS SWEETS HE EATS HIS BREAKFAST BUT SOON AS HE FINISHED HES LIKE I WANT SWEETS CHOC ECT WE HAVE JUST TOLD HIM HE CNT HAVE THINGS LIKE THAT SO EARLY IT GIVES U BAD TUMMY HES 7 BUT HIPO LOL HOPE THIS HELPS

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