kids who don't want to eat

Pauline - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering how all the mommies here handle it when a child does not want to eat. Do you believe in consequences? I have a very picky eater who is 7 years old and usually if it is something she does not like I still give her a small serving of whatever it is. If she flat out refuses to eat, I do not let her have a snack later in the evening..I guess I beleive if she was hungry enough...she will eat. But at what age do we start this...my 3 year old doesn't always want to eat his dinner...so we have recently started implying the same rules with him as with the other children..no dinner..no snack. I have 4 children and refuse to make several meals. what are all your opinions on this?? thanks

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Laurina - posted on 06/13/2012

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i just want to know why my three year old dont want to eat her dinner at night? and could you advice me what are best times in the evenings to feed my child

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2009

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My four year old has done this is was getting bad and I am very strong believer in nutrition and hell I work hard to make good meals any way a month I think after her driving me nuts with suppers after all I think I am fair I let her choose one out of three things for dinner and anyway she was getting picky one supper I put saran wrap, told her she was not eating anything else till she ate that so she wanted snacks and everything I kept saying no not until you eat your supper, the next morning I reheated it served it to her and she puted then ate it and not even two hours later wanted real breaky, I have never had a problem since. You just have to hold your ground

Tamara Ivette - posted on 06/07/2009

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I think it's really important now-a-days to prevent our children from being such SPOILED BRATS, thinking they can have everything their way! Every once in awhile one of my kids try to pull the "ew I don't like that" game at the dinner table. The rule in our house is that they have to eat whatever it is once, and if they throw up, then they MAY not have to eat it again. LOL I won't cook anything different for that child and will not let them have anything else to eat until they eat whatever it is (because sometimes they're just not hungry at dinner time and ask to eat at a later time, but they still have to sit at the table as a family).

I had a step-daughter that I swear could make herself vomit at the dinner table by just willing herself (she was 8 by the way). Months after making her a separate dinner than the rest of us, I decided to test her. I know this sounds mean, AND I WOULD NEVER HAVE ACTUALLY MADE HER DO IT, but one day I told her that if she threw up her dinner that I was going to scoop it off the ground and she would still have to eat it. Guess what? She never puked again at the dinner table. LOL

Jocelyn - posted on 06/06/2009

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my son is almost 3, and sometimes he just doesn't eat. i don't make a big deal out of it, he's just not hungry. and if he doesn't want to eat his supper then i just save it and he can have it later for a snack if he get hungry.
as for your 7 yr old, i agree that she is old enough to start making her own supper if she doesn't want to eat what you are eating. its amazing how long one can live on ham sandwiches and mac and cheese lol, but you might want to consider getting her a multivitamin.
of maybe offer more "variety" of what ever it is you are serving, as in they can pick what they want, ie, build you own tacos, make your own pita pizza, tomato soup with different toppings to choose from, deconstructed salad, antipasto platter, pancakes with different toppings (fruit disguised as sauce; healthy and homemade) plain chicken but with lots of different rubs/sauce to choose from, you get the picture :)
hope you find something that will work!

Tamara - posted on 06/06/2009

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At 7, she's old enough to make herself a sandwich if she's not going to eat the meal served. The three year old, I'm not so sure what to do since I don't really have a picky toddler.

Mel - posted on 06/06/2009

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haha my cousin has 6 kids and even i am not allowed to leave her house with out finishing my food let alone her little ones and the 6 year old said to me once "i know mummys cooking is grose if you dont like it put it down the toilet thats what i do". they should get greatful they get fed i think!

Mary - posted on 06/06/2009

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When I was little, I put my brussel sprouts under my booster seat, it was the only time in my life I saw my Papa MAD. He told me if I ever did it again, I would be eating them off the bottom of the booster seat. I still don't eat them.

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Dont try and feed yr kids vegies seperately. The best way to feed kids vegies is to cook up a variety of them together, then add butter and milk and mash them all together and serve with some cheesy toast. kids love this(normally) good luck..

Mary - posted on 06/05/2009

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A friend of mine had this same problem, and was surprised one day at a birthday party when her son ate the sandwiches that were cut out in cute shapes. So she went home and began to prepare her sons food in creative ways, using cookie cutters, making pancakes with faces and etc.. and wouldn't you know it, he began to eat. Maybe you could try that. Anything is worth a try? I also think the father that put your daughter in time out and calling her a baby was rude.

Pauline - posted on 06/05/2009

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I too remember sitting at the table for hours and hours...usually due to brussel sprouts LOL

Mel - posted on 06/05/2009

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i never ate what my mother made. i was picky. wouldnt eat meat, green vegies, anyting spicy, onion, mushroom basically i ate very little. almosg every night i lived off macaroni but i had to make it myself or i got nothing, i cant remember how old i was when this happened because when i was really little it was eat whats given or eat it for breakfast either that or i wasnt allowed to leave the table id sit there for hours. or i got my tv priviledges taken away. i thing this is a good way for kids that wont eat :)

Pauline - posted on 06/05/2009

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My daughter once went to a friends house for lunch and they served meatballs and white rice...my daughter had trouble eating this...I agree she should have made more of an effort to eat but the father put her for a time out and called her a baby...

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