Are These Weird Eating Habits???

Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 years old and she is our oldest. I'm not sure if it is a 10 year old thing or something to be more concerned about. She has become very picky about eating, specifically breakfast. She just doesn't want to eat breakfast in the morning anymore. I have asked her what kind of stuff she wants for breakfast, but she never really eats Monday-Friday. She always eats good for breakfast on the weekend though. She is not a morning person, so i'm not sure if she just doesn't feel hungry in the morning, but she already gets up very early (5:30am) becuase my husband & I start work so early and she has to go to before care, so i don't want to have her get up any earlier, or by the time school starts she is goign to be exhausted. They sell breakfast at school, but it is not what i would like her eating every day, nevermind the financial impact of that. Lunch she eats okay. I pack a lunch for her and she seems to eat most of it most days. (i do the same thing, let her have input on what her lunch consists of so it's stuff she likes to eat). Dinner, she has just gotten picky. Things she likes she says she doesn't really care for. When i ask her what kind of things she would like to have for dinner, i get "Mac & Cheese with cut up hot dogs".

With all the things young girls have to deal with now, i don't want to encourage NOT eating breakfast; or any meal for that matter! It's not healthy and i think it's a bad habit to start at this point. Is sending her to school with a breakfast bar really sufficiant breakfast for a 10 year old? There is no hot water availble to her that so she can make oatmeal (another one of her favorites). We always eat dinner as a family every night, well balanced meals and i try to cook everyones favorite meal at least once a week, but i'm also not running a restaurant. I think there is somethign to be said for eating what's being cooked or you don't eat. (that's the way i grew up). But that is why i allow input when i go grocery shopping. Is this just a "phase"? How do i handle it?

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Teresa - posted on 08/05/2011

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I feel ya on this one. For a while my son was eating pancakes that I had pre-made the weekend before and froze so we could just stick them in the toaster. Then it was grille cheese sandwiches every morning. Then Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Sometimes he'll even do apple slices with peanut butter. I usually ask him when I wake him up what he wants and lately he doesn't have an answer. he is NOT a morning person and I understand, but I get SOmething into him. Now, every Friday we have "Donut SHop" day ( a local eaterie that specializes in homemade donuts. That morning he gets a dozen do0nut holes and a coke (which he never even drin ks half).He knows that's HIS breakfast treat so he's pretty good the other days of the week. Of course the weekends, it's whatever, usually grits an bacon or somehting. Kids a re so funnyand so unique. It's kinda like a game, "what's he going to want next? Broccoli florets and baby carrots?" A mother can dream.

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2011

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My daughter went thru a phase like this, and I asked her pediatrician about it. He said to feed them whatever they eat for breakfast. There's no laws that say breakfast foods have to come from a certain menu. So for a while, I'd just make her a plate of leftovers from dinner, or a slice of pizza. A lot of times THAT was more healthy than a pop tart, bowl of sugary cereal, muffin, etc...
So feed her whatever she normally eats. The parenting police won't show up and haul you away, I promise!! :-)

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2010

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Thank you so much everyone! I have tried some of the suggestions here and so far, I have to admit I am pleased with what I'm seeing. I normally did not eat breakfast with her since i was getting ready for work myself, but I do pack a breakfast with my lunch and eat at work. I have also packed a breakfast bar with her and encouraged her to eat it mid morning or at before care right before school starts. Thank you Circle of Moms!! :-)

Nikki - posted on 10/17/2010

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i have a son that is the same way. i have started to get him to eat the breakfast bars when he goes to school and i got him a thermos that i put boiling water in, well close i make it in the coffee maker before i make mine, and send him with an instant oatmeal some days i make sure he has a snack for the moring too, normally i can get him to eat a frozen yogart think that is half way frozen by then. he does school lunch if it is something he likes and i was getting the i don't want dinner i'm not hungry or i don't want that for dinner. my friend suggested getting the kds involved in making dinner and since i started it they all eat dinner since they helped make it the love to eat the fruits of their labors lol. good luck!!!

Kim - posted on 10/16/2010

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My kids prefer to eat at like 9 or 10am but can't because of school. They do eat a little bit then eat snack like 10/10:30 in school. My son rarely eats breakfast too but he is older (10)and I figure he is old enough to know if he will be hungry in school or not. I tell him the benefits of eating breakfast but 7/7:30 is early for him. For dinners I usually make a regular homemade dinners 3-4 times a week, and the kids have to eat it. The other nights my husband(when he is home) and I eat the leftovers and I let the kids have their choice, usually its chicken nuggets or mac and cheese @@ but I feel as long as I get them to eat decent food a few times a week that is better than nothing.

Megan - posted on 10/13/2010

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Do you eat breakfast? I know when I was growing up my mother didn't and that really influenced how I looked at breakfast (and even still do). I know for me it was being allowed an "adult" beverage such as tea or coffee with breakfast was what tempted me back to the table at that point. I still prefer a cup of coffee and not to eat for a couple hours.

Heather - posted on 10/13/2010

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A few things come to mind.
1. Have to admit my first thought was food allergies. It's probably not the case with yours, given the details, but whenever my oldest doesn't like to eat something any more (that he previously liked), he's usually on the road to becoming allergic to it.
2. Time of day MATTERS. My younger son is NOT a morning person. When he goes to middle school in a couple of years, I know already he won't eat much breakfast (leaving the house at 6:40 a.m.). He's a "night person." Even today the first big meal he likes to eat is around 9:30-10 a.m., not 7:30 a.m. So I will pack him a big snack in middle school. :) For your daughter, if you can get the weekend breakfasts to be closer to the time the weekday breakfasts are served, it might help. Our stomachs like a routine, too. ;)
3. Pack 2 snacks for your daughter. One for "whenever she's hungry," and one for snack time at school. Make them healthy!! :)
4. Usually before kids hit puberty, there is one meal they eat big at, and one or two meals they eat that are smaller. If your daughter hasn't started growing yet, and if she eats a bigger lunch (healthy), I wouldn't stress too much. ;)

Good luck, let us know how it goes!!

Maria - posted on 10/12/2010

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Do you both sit down to breakfast with her? If not, maybe try and make set breakfast much like dinner. You know her tastes, so go with what she likes most days until this passes or you might find she is skipping more than just brekkie. Be aware she is at an age where peer pressure is rampant. and although no-one maybe pushing anything directly, indirectly she will watch and copy behaviors, trying out what fits best.

Monique - posted on 10/12/2010

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i would try sending breakfast with her like a bagel or yogurt with some fruit. or maybe put oatmeal in a thermos.

Tan - posted on 10/11/2010

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I have seen it before, I want to call it a 'phase' that should pass soon.But contine to coax (not force) her to eat the things she likes even if its just small amounts.

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