Corinne - posted on 10/13/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )
My (almost) 3 y/o is going into the stage of not wanting to eat what we make for her! She demands things like grapes and applesauce and wont touch anything else really. My hubby and I have been sticking firm to the "eat it or get nothing" punishment bc weve caved one to many times in the past and we know weve screwed up giving her what she wants to eat but at the same time, she was still eating most of what we gave her originally.
My question is.. is this the right way to go about it? We will ask if shes hungry and she will tell us "yes" and then wont eat so weve been sending her to bed hungry bc after she refuses her food, we clean her up and she starts telling us shes hungry right before bed time. I hateeeee sending her to bed hungry but I dont know what else to do!? I always ask her to at least take one or two bites of something and once in a while, I will give her an option like "you dont want ____? Ill let you have carrots instead!?" or something along that line.
I grew up with divorced parents and both households were completely diff. One did the "dont eat, then starve" and the others went the "dont get up until its gone" route. Obviously both have their positive and negatives sides. Im a very picky eater so I understand her side of not wanting something and also the frustration of having a kid that wont eat a lot...Im very torn! :(