Alexis - posted on 01/06/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
my step daughter is almost 4, and is a picky eater. i know she's going through the stress of her mom running off, but im worried.
me and my husband have been making her meals for 2 days now that she refuses to eat, she demands candy and mcdonalds... (her mom only fed her junk food). she knows she is not allowed to have candy without eating dinner but refuses to eat then screams at me for being mean to her when i dont give her candy.
i never yell at her for not eating, and just expain through the family meals several times that "this is dinner, you do not have to eat, but i will not give you anything else."she moves her food around and says that she will eat it later. then when the meal is over (we have been giving her an hour) we take the food away and she happly follows us to the kitchen then askes for candy or other junk food. we then tell her we cant have candy without eating first, then the crying starts she usually screams "i'll eat it next time" or "but i ate it all" or "i want something else." but im starting to worry.
normaly we just give her time to eat then take it away when dinner time is over, but she hasnt had anything at all to eat in over 2 days, and just refused to eat her oatmeal (even though she asked for this). and we do have a lock on the fridge due to her sneaking sweets, so we know she hasnt been eating anything. how long should we wait before we give in.( she has been going to the bath room regularly, and says no if we ask if she's feeling sick or if her tummy hurts)....
so far we have made her cerial, poptarts, and oatmeal for breakfast. mac and cheese, and PB&J sandwiches both with apples and carrots for lunch. potato soup and spaggetti for dinners. she usually likes this stuff, but wont even try it, not even one bite.