Christine - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
I have a 3, going to be 4 soon, step son. He generally refuses to eat. We will come home from day care generally around 4 and as soon as I pick him up he tells me he is hungry. I tell him that he has already had an afternoon snack at day care and will need to wait until I have cooked dinner. Dinner is between 5:30 and 6. As soon as I have the table all set and call for everyone to come to the table, he tells me that he isn't hungry. When we finally get him to the table he takes one bite maybe, and then says he is full and refuses to eat anything else on his plate, but wants snacks instead of dinner, like goldfish or crackers. If there is anything that is a starch, like if we are having bread with our meal, that is the only thing he will eat and then he claims he is full. I have been told at his mothers house that cooking a home-made meal and eating as a family is a rarity. They are more of a fend for yourself type of family. At our house we home cooking and sitting down together is the norm. It is really frustrating because he won't eat and I end up wasting a lot of food. We don't have tons of extra money, so throwing away food isn't ideal. Plus I am afraid he isn't developing the healthy diet that he should.