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Nanny - posted on 10/19/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a four year old grandson who I take care of once a week who won't eat so we give hem foods that he will eat. IS it ok to give him fast food for breakfast He likes the hash browns and fries. He will be four in January he is 42 inches tall and weights 41 pounds. Thank you, Nanny

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Ev - posted on 10/19/2013

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First off, giving him what he wants only sends a message that he can do, say or have anything he wants any time he wants and he does not have to conform to the rules, food offered or being told no about things.

Second, he needs something with good nutrition in it and it does not have to taste bad and be fast food. All you get with hash browns and fries is a lot of fat and salt intake as they are totally fried in a vat of oil. There is nothing nutritious about them unless you make them at home and cook them in a different way. He needs to be getting good cereals, eggs, toast, fruit, fruit juices, jelly etc. There are cereals that are out there that are targeted to kids such as Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, and things like that that are now made with more grains and less sugar...read the label first. Eggs are protein. Toast with jelly or peanut butter or Nutella are a good source of carbs and proteins. Fruit or fruit juices are better option if you can not get him to eat actual fruits.

Lastly, he needs to learn that there are better foods out there for him. He needs to learn how to eat better than that.

He also needs to learn limits and that he can't have the fast food all the time. There is nothing in it good for him. I will give the fast food chains credit that they do try to offer some good items but they have also been found to be full of fat and sugars that are just as bad as the fried foods. It also sounds like his mother does not make him eat what he should be eating either.

HINT: Make him a plate of good food for breakfast. If he refuses to eat it, put it in the fridge and give it to him later when he asks for something to eat. If he still refuses, replace it in fridge and give it to him at supper time. Over time he is going to learn to eat what he gets.

THIS IS ASSUMING HE HAS NO FOOD ALLERGIES OR PROBLEMS.

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Nanny - posted on 10/22/2013

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Jodi, I found your post to be very informative. I appreciate the samples of foods he should be eating. I know this is going to be a day by day process but its got to be done for a health ending. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

Nanny - posted on 10/22/2013

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Chazda, I loved you response to my question it so helpful. I will tell Michael that if he wants to be a super hero he has to eat health food. Thank you so much and have a great day. Nanny

Chazda - posted on 10/22/2013

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Hi Nanny, I know plenty of women who have had difficulty getting their kids or their grandkids to eat something - anything, even. They too have often resorted to feeding the kids foods that really aren't good for them at all.

What I recommend to you is what I tell all my girlfriends - that you not feed him just what he wants to eat - especially if what he wants is basically junk food. If you get him accustomed to healthy foods, he will want them when he is hungry.

Most kids simply don't need to eat all that much most of the time, and then they need TONS of food in one week because they're experiencing a growth spurt. To gauge how much food he should be eating in general, have him place his two fists together. That's the actual size of his stomach. If he's four years old and weighs 41 pounds, he isn't underweight.

If he doesn't want the food you and grandpa are having, then he must not be that hungry. In any case, a good and healthy breakfast - maybe an egg, two strips of bacon - placed on the plate to look like a funny face perhaps - or the first letter of his name? If you can make breakfast with you special in a healthy way, that is much better.

While it's fair to say that as the grandma you get to spoil the child a bit, fries for breakfast isn't a good idea. If he gets used to that now at such a young age he will still crave it when he's my age. It's worth noting too that diabetes is a really significant problem - so much so that your grandchild's generation is now the first generation of kids who will have per capita poorer health than their grandparent's generation. I think that's something to think about.

I know you're concerned that he might not eat enough, but a growing boy will let you know when he's hungry. Let him know what foods will make him grow up to be strong. I'm sure he has a favorite superhero. Superman doesn't eat fries, I'm sure.
:-)

Good luck to you!

Jodi - posted on 10/19/2013

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The thing about "fast food" is that it is high in sugars and fats, which do not set the brain up for the day. In fact, the energy is used up very quickly. Fast food should NEVER be a regular thing, it should only ever be a treat. If you allow him to form these bad habits now, you will be setting him up for a lifetime of problems.

Breakfast is the time of day when he needs to be eating slow burning foods, such as complex carbohydrates (cereals, but not the ones full of sugar, toast made from wholemeal or grain bread), fruit, and proteins (eggs, nuts). You could even learn to make healthy pancakes and serve them with fruit!

Ev - posted on 10/19/2013

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Nanny, I am glad you liked my response and found it so useful. But sometimes on here some will leave a comment that no one likes to hear and you might just hear a few more that you do not like at all. Keep in mind this place is seen by millions around the world and so culture, background, and even country play a role in how someone answers this. Though for the most part there is a lot of common values that we do all share, some just put it differently than we might be used to hearing it put.

Nanny - posted on 10/19/2013

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Sarah your reply to my post was not very helpful. I found it to be very rude. My mom always told me if you can't say something nice then DON'T say anything at all.

Nanny - posted on 10/19/2013

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Thank you your response was very helpful I will print it our and give it to his mom so that way we will be on the same page. Nanny

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2013

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You really have to ask this question?! I think you know the answer without having anyone give you the answer.

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