My grandson almost 3 has lost his appetite and eats only snacks. What should I do?

Maria - posted on 12/25/2012 ( 244 moms have responded )

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My grandson is almost 3 and eats only snacks. He is not interested in cooked food at all. I tell his mother and she says he is like that all the time. I worry, she doesn't. what should I do?

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Stop with snacks completely. Offer breakfast. If he refuses or doesn't finish it, offer the same meal again until he does. My daughter started the same thing. She just preferred the snack foods. I now don't offer snacks at all. If she is hungry between a meals she gets whatever she didn't finish for her last meal.

It is a control thing. I wouldn't expect even then for him to eat the same amount as before. Their growth really slows down at 3, so they don't need as much food.

Samantha - posted on 12/27/2012

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Wow....how funny cause I went thru the exact same thing with ALL 4 of my kids at exactly the same age.....I was very concerneddo finally I had taken my first 2 to our family doctor (hes been in My family for almost 17yrs now) and he said its a phase ALOT of little ones go thru...they dont really eat much but only snack thru out the day and it seems like its usually only snacks and junk food they want!!! But he stated that its fine and the best thing to do is let them just snack...but do it wth HEALTHY snacks such as Mix.stick pretzels and marshmallows together and let them enjoy...or get them their own dippin bowl and put a scoop of peanut butter and a plastic knive and let them spread it on ritz crackers like their big kids and fruit to dip in flavored yogurt on their own....and it worked my boys ate and stayed healthy just Snacking each day...he/she will b just fine...its only a phase they will out grow soon...good luck and hope I helped a little

FoxyMom - posted on 12/26/2012

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I agree. He's learned if he don't eat he gets snacks so he's pretty much trained you to get what he wants. My son did this and I did the same. If he didn't eat when he got hungary he got warmed up food. If he did get a snack it was healthy like an apple or carrots. When we ate our meal he had to sit at the table with us no matter if he ate or not. No play time while everyone else was eating.

Joanna - posted on 12/27/2012

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Remember, all you critical, hovering grannies, we learned our parenting skills from you. You WILL alienate yourself from your daughters if you are too intrusive. As long as the baby /toddler is doing fine on their well child visits, just Relax, and accept that kids may be raised differently than your personal style. Your sweet grandchildren want your unconditional love, not your stress and fussing.

Doreen - posted on 12/27/2012

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As a mother I would keep food from the previous meals and ask the child to finish it first, before getting snacks. Children do go through growth spurts and change how much they eat at a time. There were a few weeks my 2 year old ate more than his brother 3 years older than him. The younger one must have been growing and the older one in-between jumps. So maybe he is eating less than before, and it is okay, but the eating should be done mostly at meal times. Children have smaller bellies and often do better with a small (please make it healthy) snack between meals and a small meal. Hey, it is even advised that adults eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones.

However, my advice to you as a grandmother is to let your daughter mother her child. Some advice is good, and best when requested by your daughter. If you push your ideas on your daughter, you may loose some closeness in the relationship you have with her and your grandson.

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Daisy_arvin05 - posted on 06/14/2014

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same problem....my 5 yrs old daughter wont eat anything...shale
e like yakult and flavoured yogurt only and she don't want to eat at all only water...she lost her appetite when my parents go home in the province who take care of her since baby。。but even before she's very picky already...but now she really don't like anything..pls advice.

Brittany - posted on 02/06/2013

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I would stop snacks completely for a period of time until he starts realizing that the three meals a day is all he is able to get. Also you could possibly make it a game at mealtime to see who can eat there food quickest or cleanest (without making a mess). My son is 4 and he used to be the same way until I took out snacks completely and then slowly allowed him to have a snack but only if he ate all of his necessary meal ( I called it the big boy meal). I hope this comes to give you some help or at least the comfort that you are not alone. My son still has troubles at 4 eating his meals. Wish you the best of luck!!

Melissa - posted on 02/04/2013

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alot of good info here! We found out my kiddo had a tremendous amount of allergies to foods last year and cut out dairy, gluten and sugar COMPLETELY. And you wanna know who had the hardest time.... you guessed it ME! It IS more inconvenient to prepare foods and not grab the easy peasy stuff, but kids only know what you give them, no juic no milk she took to water like a fish and i was so scared because she LOVED milk. She squawked for a total of 1 or maybe two days and the snacking changed because I started offering carrots and hummus or fruit or lentil chips etc and she ate less of it and more of her meals! She was a complete caraholic before that and only liked to snack, mealtime could take an hour or more of constant "take a bite, chew take a bite pleeeeease, swallow that" no more junk.... problem solved!

Maria Elena - posted on 02/01/2013

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Hello Circle of Moms I am new here!! so if u would like to chat I am Maria P. I have four children different stages and ages!! So I have different questions to ask if neone is interested I am Maria P.

Cristin - posted on 02/01/2013

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A child goes through spurts all the time. Some days they eat you out of house and home and others they don't eat at all. These times are called growth spurts. If your grandson goes days straight with only eat snacks, that are probably high is sure, try supplementing just One thing with a healthy dip of some sort or at the very least a chewable vitamin. I have a cousin who spent Most of her youth eating only cheese and hot dogs for Years, she is completely fine now. :) One last thing, don't force your grandson to eat something he's never eaten before, if he is this picky already it will back fire. Good Luck

Ells - posted on 01/31/2013

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i think offering the same meal again is a bit harsh, after a few hours the food will go stale and horrible and not even you would eat it. and i think "forcing" food could cause eating disorders. i would give the child three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and do not allow any snacks. be consistent and firm, do not give in. he will soon get the point.
i think it's useless to explain the importance of healthy eating at this stage of his life.
i had the same problem with my 4 years old and this helped me-
hope this helps you too xx
good luck

DEBORAH - posted on 01/30/2013

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My daughter has a 4 year old son and I has always struggle with his eating. But she is very organic and also his snacks consist of nuts, berries and tuna. I feel that as long as the snacks are healthly snacks he should be fine. there are many fiber snacks. Fiber is very important. you can get some real good healthy snack tip online. GOOD LUCK! He will grow out of it.

Kirsten - posted on 01/29/2013

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First of all, define "snacks." When my youngest daughter turned two, her eating habits began to change. She's not much of a meal eater. She prefers to snack. It bothered me for a long time, but I had to get used to the fact that she just cannot (or, maybe, will not) eat that much in one sitting. So I gave up fighting--too much stress for the both of us. I just gave her snack-sized foods. I make sure to give her a balance of foods that she needs but make it appealing to her as a snack. She'll get protein, veg/fruit, complex carb at every turn; but she gets very small bits at a time and more often throughout the day. If 'snacking' is what your grandson will do, then let him do it. You simply become the one who determines what is snacked on.
By the way, I gave my oldest daughter the same advice with her son. :)

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2013

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What kinds of snacks are we talking about? Is this a junk food vs. healthy food issue more than it is a timing thing? I allow my step daughter who is in our home about two weekends a month full access to "snacks" of apples, salad, carrots and celery. If she doesn't like what is for meal time, she can have as much of those things as she wants. Thats it, bottom line. her brother who is now 12 is obese because of in my observation has been allowed to grow up on chips soda and white bread. It is sad, but since he is no biological relation we really don't have much say in how he is raised. Thats all he likes and he will probably develop diabetes because of it. As parents nowdays its about more than the mind games of food control but its about preventing childhood obesity and diabetes. Be loving yet firm.

Terrie Lynn - posted on 01/26/2013

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GET HIM CHECKED FOR ANY TYPE OF EATING DISORDER AND IF HE STILL DOESNT WANT TO EAT GIVE HIM PEDIA SURE MOST KIDS LIKE IT, ITS A SUPPLEMENT FOR CHILDREN JUST LIKE HIM AND ALSO A FLINSTONE VITAMIN WOULD HELP TO KEEP HIS IRON IN TACT. LET HIM CHOOSE HIS OWN TYPE OF CHILDRENS VITAMIN, IT HELP WITH TAKING IT ON A DAILY BASIS!!!

Crystal - posted on 01/26/2013

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let him be his just a kid my daughter spent a year on onion rings and root beer, she would only eat every couple days and when she did thats what she wanted, shes nine now with a healthy appitite and healthy weight. the doctor said when they are hungry they will eat!!

Laura - posted on 01/24/2013

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It isn't unusual for a three year old to loose weight. They may become more active at this time. But if malnutrition is a concern, it may be best to let the doctor handle this. I am sure that you are very concern being the grandmother. You do not want to step on her toes then have her completely dismiss your concerns. If a three year old is only eating snack food (which is completely normal) google tips and techniques to help. There are many sites that you can come across that have great ideas. My four year old is going through a thing right now where he wants to drink more fluids rather than meals. We eat very healthy meals and our snacks are nutritious and healthy. I have took the 'you don't leave the table till you clear your plate' approach. I also made his plates a little less full untill he got back into the swing of things. If the child will only eat snack foods, make a big plate (seeming like a big snack) filled with nutritious foods. Use cheese, fruit, veggies with dip, yogurt and other such things. Hope this helps... Good luck!

Annette - posted on 01/20/2013

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just keep feeding him snacks
atleast hes eating
he will snap out of it
not to worry

Ellyn - posted on 01/17/2013

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Try fun foods. My son did not like breakfast food, and still doesn't. I tried taking frozen waffles, toasting and putting peanut butter and jelly. He at those and ask for them for breakfast.
Apples with peanut butter or slice cheese. If the snacks are healthy, that should be ok for a while. He is developing his own style and own taste. Have him help you make lunches, might spike his interest.

Alicia - posted on 01/16/2013

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Try fun foods like "ants on a log" peanut butter and raisins on celery stick, make food fun. Children also enjoy dipping things like veggies in Greek yogurt, what about "eating trees" broccoli? Children tend to have high metabolisms especially when active. I recommend no snacks at least one hr prior to a meal, and to ensure the last snack before a meal is small. Positive reinforcement when eating meals and ensure meal times are not stressful, however enjoyable. Maybe doing a family dinner at the dinner table once a week with your grandson and parent(s) and model good dinner time with healthy food choices. Allow parents to chose the menu based on the child's preferences and progressively introduce more healthy food over time

Chandra - posted on 01/16/2013

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100% agree with you Christina! like i stated in an earlier post what we as adults see as a "snack" to a child that plate of "finger" food is just the perfect on the run meal they can eat as they are zooming around exploring the huge new world they live in

Christina - posted on 01/16/2013

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I wouldn't stop snacks. My pediatrician said of course always offer breakfast lunch and dinner, but healthy snacks are pretty much all three year olds eat. My daughter eats only toast with peanut butter or nutella, berries, bananas, oranges, apples, cheese, celery and carrots with ranch, and other snacks. She rarely touches meat or anything cooked. The doctor said that is normal and forcing a child to eat something or starve can be psychologically damaging.

Chandra - posted on 01/16/2013

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just trying to keep my lil one alright in this wicked crazy world we now live it. its sure a shock to know the mass amounts of change that has happened just in my 30 yrs here on earth. Its just not the same and if we can at least teach our own wee ones what we want to instill, then at least we as the role models to these lil guys can at least sleep a little more soundly at night knowing WE did the best WE could to keep them safe and knowlageable. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 01/16/2013

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Hi Chandra,
Thanks for your kind words also, keep up the good work, keep warm and healthy!
Elizabeth

Elizabeth - posted on 01/16/2013

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Hello Pure,
I like to make organic soups too! My grandson has not been able to try them yet, i'm sure he would like them, he's been a picky little guy and i would love for him to eat healthier and get the vitamins he needs. He turned 11 in August and is very bright but lazy to do his chores lately with his other grandma. If i lived closer things would be different i'm sure.
Elizabeth

Pure - posted on 01/16/2013

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Try and substitute with healthful organic raw fruits and vegetables - it is better that the food is raw anyway that way the child gets all the nutrients however there is little substance and little to no nutrition and or vitamin content in any processed, fast or commercial junk foods and liquids.

Unless you all live under the same roof there is not much you can do but keep suggesting or better cook food and deliver it to your grandson and eat it with him - or not.

3 year old might like to be part of the whole preparation of the food, lift him up so he can see the food cooking, frying or whatever. Let him see what is going in to the food and whatever you do, NO NOT MAKE EATING AN ISSUE if he doesn't want to eat don't force it. They ALL eventually get hungry and will eat. So chin up nanny all is not lost until you give up.

When I visit my two little grand children 3 & 2 yrs old, I always bring them something to eat, something fresh, colourful and sometimes messy so we all have to eat it outside and they can make as much mess as they like whilst eating. They love my curries, you might like to begin with a wonderfully healthy homemade vegetable soup.

Vege Soup
Small handful of split peas or soup mix - don't use too much the child won't like it
Cut up fresh organic onions, carrots, pumpkin, celery, parsnip, swede - cut all the pieces in to roughly the same size.
chuck it all in a large saucepan and fill it up with water. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to the boil and simmer for an hour to hour and a half. You might need to keep adding water but that's fine. When all the vegetables are cooked, fish them out and puree them and pour all back in to the saucepan.
Time to eat.
For the kids I butter the bread and cut it in to squares, place them in to the soup bowl and our the soup over the bread.

Chandra - posted on 01/16/2013

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Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words, i do my best, not saying im perfect but as long as my mini me is smiling laughing and being a kid i k now im doing a good job. Over the years my skin got thick to the comments about my weight. i try not to be offended most times, i think its when a child who really cant express themselves is put in the same position that i was (at ages i had a voice) maybe its kinda my way of kinda protecting our futurw. You sound like a very nice lady and i look forward to running into more comments from you. Have a great day!!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/15/2013

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Hi Chandra!
Well said, you really sound like a good down to earth young mother. I know some of us sometime forget that we are talking to our little ones and need to have a lot of patience and look at things from their point of view.
We don't want our children to be afraid to talk to us about anything. Our children are our future, yes we need to teach them young so they will be able to handle and function in this hell on earth.
We tend to offer food to those who look that are not eating right or look under weight, it's hard to tell, don't get offended most of us do this out of kindness ok.

Elizabeth

Chandra - posted on 01/14/2013

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i thank you for your feed back. I am a 32 yr old woman, who has NEVER topped the scales to (as i call it) the "triple digits" except when i was preg. it was my "first sign" i was preg. i hop on scale it reads 101 i take a test and sure enough. BABY! now i have NEVER had an eating disorder. My weight plateaus at 98 lbs. I have had friends from high school at my 10 year reunion and tell me i look the EXACT same and have not changed one bit. flattery? lol idk! But i have been accused MANY times in my life for having an eating disorder of some sort. heard so many times "do you eat" "let me see you eat" "i feel like i need to buy you a cheese buger" Its offensive for those whom do not have eating disorders to be accused of having them, makes you think if you should just pick one up.. (jk.. only kind of) The problem, in my opinion, (now i have no degree only a brain and common sence my daddy gave me) is adults telling children there is something "wrong" with them children do not learn to love themselves for whom they are. We get children who are scared to talk to their parents about big issues, little issues or well anything. Then we start seeing an epidemic of bullying, suicides and straight up disrespect from the "younger generation" to the "older generation" Where do we start saying no and take back our children? but how? doesnt it start and end with communication? If we teach our children to communicate to us early, and us as parents learn that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING our children says to us is important to THEM then when the BIG problems they CANT deal with on their own happens they do not turn to Johnny Troublemaker for guidance, they turn to the people they know for a FACT will listen to them and take what they are saying as geniune importance. It starts when they are 2, 3 and 4 hitting these picky eating stages, the stages that test us as moms, as friends and as the first teachers to our children. When WE can get to them on THEIR level look them in the eyes and speak TO them not AT them instead of expecting them to get to our level, will be the day we get our children, and future back. its when our children will listen to us the most because "mom has come to me to talk to me in words i can understans, in a way i can get. I may not be able to fully articulate WHY i do not want said food, but at least she knows what i DO like and is understanding that right now i am just trying to find my way in this big ol world and trying to find a way to make my mark in my own life. And i will start with a peanut butter sandwich, no crust A slice of cheese and a tall glass of milk 'PEAS & TANKS I WUV YEW MUMMY"

i truely hope i have not offended anyone i love children and believe they are most natural resourse we have. if we teach them right maybe we can save this big blue ball we call earth.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2013

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Hi Paula,
Yes, Children go through stages of wanting sweets/sugar; you as the parent have to control this now before it gets out of control and have to deal with childhood diabetes, heart & weight issues.
Please, for the sake of your children.
Elizabeth

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2013

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Hi Chandra,
I don't believe in forcing the child to eat; I do give a choice. Not OLD SCHOOL, I am a very educated mature women with a nursing degree w/ a 4.0 GPA.
I find this Very OFFENSE.
I know there are a lot of different eating disorders in this world unfortunately. As a child i was told that i was a very picky eater and my mother tried to feed me when i was asleep sitting up! I was shocked when my aunt told me this! Also when i was in elementary school another incident; my mother took a pointed ladle to my head cause i wasn't eating fast enough and we were going to be late for the parent/teacher meeting!
The other things in your post are correct here. The children are in a world full of BS, and should be allowed to make some choices on their own and yes, children will not starve themselves. I had concerns when my own daughter was little and the pediatrician told me that children will not starve themselves. I was so re leaved to hear that cause she was so thin, i was so worried. I hope other people will read your post to get a clue on raising children in this age. I don't like people trying to feed cold food or don't eat crap!!
Thank you for your post,
Elizabeth

Chandra - posted on 01/14/2013

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i cook my pork chops with mushroom soup (no water just the canned soup) mild spices (garlice and onion powder and a lil seasoning salt) my daughter who i have to feed her eggs and peanut butter at least once a day so i know she gets the protein DEVOURS IT!! she loves it when i make that. the sides? rice and a frozen veggie (usually corn) good luck to all the moms, grandmas aunts and friends who have a lil picky eater. We have to be as patient with them as they are with us. No matter what number child this is for you.. your still learning, no 2 kids are the same. patience and love and a whole lotta fun thats what should be intergrated into every childs world xo to you all.
To Maria Bell I hope your grandsons appitte continues to improve, im sure hes a little spit fire and is gonna be a fine upstanding young man one day!!

Chandra - posted on 01/14/2013

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wow so many woman saying "make em eat their food even if it gets cold" "kids wont starve themselves" I have one question for you. Are you a mother in todays age or a past generation? cuz in todays society we deal LARGELY with eating disorders. This "old school" way of thinking is WAAAY damaging to a childs mental growth and well being. I am OFFENDED as a mother by reading someones post "the mother probably gives in to him cuz she does not want to hear him cry" ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Do you know when emotions get raised yelling, tears and tantrums happen, the brain SHUTS DOWN!! good luck getting throu. Have you tried to reason with a hormonal screaming teenager? Other than the hormones theres not much difference when dealing with a tantrum toddler. By offering foods the child WILL eat in child bite sized portions (most adults will see this as a snack) you will have greater success that child will eat the food. But you also need to take highly into consideration the amount of physical activity the child does in a day, and also the season. if an adult does like liver they wont eat liver - why is a child different with tastes and likes? We as adults eat more when we work/play hard - so will kids! And its a proven fact that people will eat more in the winter for "warmth" like the bears, humans kinda hibernate in our own way - kids are mini humans. We as adults make major choices for children, one day they will have to make these on their own, food is a child way of having a say. You cant FORCE them to eat, but they can force you to go crazy trying to make them eat. Unless your willing to "play the game" your bound to lose, they may be minature, but they are far smarter than us adults give them credit for. We just tend to kill this as they get older by stiffling theirs dreams, their words their choices and saying things like "your gonna starve or eat that" Lonestar says it best "let them be little" one day they will have to be all grown up and deal with the crap that in this world but until then isn't it our jobs as the adults in their lives, (moms, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas & grandpas and any other i have forgotten) to protect them from the BS society is dishing out on to us? i sure know i let my daughter get dirty, make her choices on what she wears and what she eats. but ultimatly i am the final say. when i offer her a choice of meals i give her 2 choices i know she likes. sometimes thou she does surprise me and say she wants peanut butter, a "pomme" & either water or "moo juice".
Its a monkey see monkey do world. And those monkeys are watching and if your not doing what yoru saying they wont either!!!

SENDEGE - posted on 01/13/2013

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Hello Maria, this is not out of my experience but out of some one else's experience. children fed on formular while young loose their appetite at around that same age. so if He was fed on formular it could be the cause just give her time they normally recover at the age of 5 and above

Catherine - posted on 01/13/2013

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I have a hard time reading some of this stuff. "My child won't eat a meal but drinks milk milk milk all day long".....no wonder the kid isn't hungry. Milk is a beverage, not a meal but she is filling up on it so of course she isn't hungry.
The another said they only allow one soda pop per meal???? Where does pop belong in any growing child's diet?
Sprinkling cheese on good food is not 'sneaky' nor is it bad. Cheese is full of goodness (in small amounts).
And the emphasis on three squares of hot cooked food a day with barely any snacking? Or reheating the same meal over and over? That turns my stomach.
Many foods are much better for us lightly steamed to release the vitamins (google this).. broccoli is one off the top of my hat.
There are alternatives to meat if a child is put off by it. Learn how vegetarians get their protein. We have the internet folks, chalk full of great wholesome food ideas.
People are using the word 'snack's' like it is a bad thing. Good grief. Only buy good whole foods and keep the garbage out of the house. Get the child outdoors so they get up and off the couch and get enough exercise to actually have a hunger for food. No wonder we are raising children with so many diet issues, weight and heart health troubles these days.
Food should be no more of an issue that breathing.

Paula - posted on 01/13/2013

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Sugar us actually makes a person want to eat more sugar. Kids go through these sourts where they want to eat just a few things .. they grow out if it.

Poppy - posted on 01/13/2013

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Well dont show him snacks and say that the only thing that he can eat is cooked food and tell him that there is no snacks.If he doesnt eat let him starve and he will make up his mind and eat cooked food..but dont let him die!`
Thx Poppy!xx

Linda - posted on 01/10/2013

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When my son's were young, they loved peas straight from the freezer, OJ frozen in ice cube trays, ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisens) and cookie cutter shaped mini sandwiches. All they ever ate were snacks. As long as the snacks are healthy and the child is healthy... all will be fine. One cause of childhood obesity is from parents who make their kids eat what is on their plate. Many diet plans suggest eating smaller more frequent meals. In my experience, the kids will generally eat what their bodies are craving as long as there are a variety of healthy choices. If you are concerned about malnutrition, supplement with vitamins. Pick your battles, enjoy your grandson and don't alienate your daughter.

Maria - posted on 01/10/2013

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Thank you, that's what I do. Apples, raisins, pears, tomatoes, are everywhere in the house and lots of love.

Sonia - posted on 01/10/2013

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Kids will adopt to their environment. If you give him a meal and a treat after. He eventually will realize that there are difference between a meal and a snack. Better yet, make his snack at meal time with health food. Give him fresh fruits and tell him it's fresh fruits snack. Cut cucumber and toss them in alilltle apple cider and tell him it's fresh pickle. Children shouldn't tell adults what kind of meal they should have but they can suggests it. Now if the parents don't care, don't push the issue with them. Just do what you can and stick to your gun with the grand kid. Spoil your grand kid with healthier snack and love.

Sara - posted on 01/09/2013

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What sometimes also works with my daughter is to show her pictures of things online before I make it that way she knows what to expect.

Maria - posted on 01/09/2013

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Thank you Jennifer and Cybil and Elizabeth and all of you who took the time from your busy lives to communicate with me. We got some drops from the doctor and he seems better, he is hungry at least. He still won't eat cooked food but his appetite has changed. Yesterday he ate penne with parmesan cheese but he didn't want red sauce, marinara, he ate them white. That's fine. We are progressing slowly.

Star - posted on 01/09/2013

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don't worry too much at least hes eating something but what can happen is give him a sandwhitch and try that then after he gets used to that try something else then move it up to cooked foods

Dawn - posted on 01/09/2013

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I know I replied already...but I had to share this...I made pork chops last night. My daughter has not been eating a lot of meat lately so last night I sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on the pork chop and carrots and she ate her dinner. I know it's not the healthiest but she did eat the meat. She also tends to eat whatever we have, off our plate instead of her own, so in order to lose weight myself, I have just bought healthy snacks that she and I can share. If you don't have it, he can't eat it.

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there isn;t really a whole lot you can do except make recommendations to your daughter or daughter in law. my son, who is also 3, went through a time where all he wanted to do was snack and then wouldn't eat at mealtimes. i ended up not allowing him to snack in between meals. he refused the first meal, but by lunch he ate.

Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2013

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This is common at this age. Young children are just making their own choices. Healthy and nutritious snacks are a good way to provide essential nutrients for a child. Try to make sure snacks are not too close to meal times like 2 hours before is good. Offer onesmall portion of food he will eat at meal times and any other food that is for that meal. We had a picky and stubborn eater at that age and it was rough. He grew out of it. Now he is 4 and is willing to try some new foods. He still has times when he refuses a meal though.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/08/2013

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Britanny,
You really don't need to stop the snacks, just watch the sugar intake; You don't want to make the child feel like they are being punished. Find foods that your child likes instead, you will have a happier outcome.
Elizabeth

Elizabeth - posted on 01/08/2013

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Hi Maria,
No, this is not right. Your grandson needs to have 3 square meals and maybe a afternoon snack, you should know that this is a negative in your grandsons development in growing and being mentally prepared for preschool, Tell your daughter she needs to nip this in the bud NOW!! Has your daughter attended parenting classes? This would be good for her to learn how to go about these problems. Is she a single mom?
Elizabeth

Elizabeth - posted on 01/08/2013

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Hi Maria,
No, this is not right. Your grandson needs to have 3 square meals and maybe a afternoon snack, you should know that this is a negative in your grandsons development in growing and being mentally prepared for preschool, Tell your daughter she needs to nip this in the bud NOW!! Has your daughter attended parenting classes? This would be good for her to learn how to go about these problems. Is she a single mom?
Elizabeth

Ginaspires - posted on 01/08/2013

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Hello, I would have a sweet heart to heart with your grandson's mother. Tell her that he needs to learn to eat healthy so that the habit will be formed for later on. Yes, it takes more effort to cook and entice him, but he's worth the time and effort. I would be firm with him and not give him any snacks til he tried introduced new foods. It will take some time, but it can work. Tell her you just love them both and are not concerned because you won't to control her , but help her. Hopefully, this helps. Be in prayer also that she receives your message in a good way.

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