Yvonne - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
Hi. Both my kids love food, they are not fussy eaters. Brooke 2 yrs used to eat better then her brother, Lewis almost 4.
breakfast goes down ok, but a little slow for a bowl of cereal.
lunch is ok, but again a little slow,
but come dinner time, between 5pm and 6 at the latest - neither of them want to eat.
Brooke plays with her hands, and Lewis just sits there tormenting me with the things that he does.
I'm not much of a cook so the food they get is healthy, easy and the same kind of food - chips and chicken, shepherds pie, lasanger, pie, lots of veg, pototoes etc.
Some days they will eat - but very very slowly. Half a bowl of pasta will take over an hour!!!!. Some days they won't even pick up the fork to feed themselves with, only to play with.
I've tried everything to get them to eat.
We have a reward chart on the wall - everytime they're good, they get a sticker.
They get dessert for afters if they eat.
They get to carry on playing or watching TV after dinner so then there dad gets to bath them later on.
They get a favorite drink afterwards.
Nothing. When they don't eat
I've told them to sit in the corner for so many minutes. This worked for a very short time.
I've told them i'll take away their stickers on the chart, which would mean less pocket money at the end of week. This didn't last long with them.
They don't get dessert or a special drink after.
They don't get to play or watch TV.
I'm at the point now where they have a certain amount of time to eat up, if they don't then they go straight to bed, with only a wash and clean teeth. No bath and no milk before bed. They haven't seen their dad for 2 nights as they're already in bed before he comes home.
I don't know what else to do. I eat with them, we talk or I try to talk to them about stuff.
I've even told them Father Christmas won't come with your presents if you don't eat dinner. Thats not working.
They don't get treats during the day, a little snack about 3pm normally, but nothing to make dinner time this much hassle.
Its the same every night and its driving me mad. Actually i'm pass the mad bit now as i know that doesn't work.
Please help me. My mother in law thinks i'm starving my children. My father in law hates sitting with us at dinner, and at weekends when my husband home to eat with us, we end up in a bad mood with eachother because of the kids.
Nanny 911 or Supernanny - i need your help.
They are perfectly good kids in everyother way. - Honest.