my son doesnt eat anything other than Smarties/ Gems... dunno what to do??

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Tracy - posted on 11/11/2009

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stop giving them to him. If you let him dictate what teh diet will be, then you will be dealing with this issue all of his life, and there are far too many fast food kids and picky eaters out there now. I agree with the others who posted that you need to set the rules and it will make things fun for him to help out. There may be a few tantrums, but that's what kids do. They test you and when you let them know they can't have it their way they don't like that. But you need to be solid in your decision, they will come around. It's our jobs as parents to show them how to make the right choices, and if you keep giving in then they will never learn.

Penelope - posted on 11/11/2009

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Thank you all for your advice, I will definitely try - he doesnt eat any veggies or fruits so thats my mission for now... he seems to be off candy for now.

He is my first and i want it to be oh so perfect! (LOL)

Teresa - posted on 11/11/2009

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My daughter is 6 and I still have trouble getting her to try different things. I have one rule and that is that she has to try the food. If she doesn't like it then I won't make her eat it. She trusts me and does try, although sometimes not without a struggle. But in the end I have added a few good things to her diet. Just do what you feel is right for your child. I had a friend whose son would only eat two minute noodles up to when he was about 5. He is now 19, lean and very fit. It just took a while for his wanting to eat other foods to kick in. So hang in there.

April - posted on 11/10/2009

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I no this sounds terrible but don't give him the candy. All kids will eat when they want to when it it is time to eat you give him a plate if he doesn't eat than he don't get a snack compromise with the child. Don't give him milk before he eats because milk feels them up. And most importantly don't give up put your foot down and he will eat so he can have a snack later.

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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along with everyone else...he will eat, eventually if hes hungry enough. If he wants to live off of smartys/ gems after hes grown then that on him but for now u buy the food u give him his meals!

Gayle - posted on 11/10/2009

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I agree with some of the other Moms. They will eat when they are hungry. Period. If you don't have it available, it will not be a problem. Now if they drive you crazy for it like my daughter does (she only will play with Snow White) and nothing else will do....you have to be patient and hold out. You are the adult and they look to you for guidance...even when they don't like what you say!!! Stay strong and good luck!

Katy - posted on 11/10/2009

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Let him help you make the food, also go back to when he was a baby and think of the different veggies he liked to eat as far as baby food went and try to incorporate those tastes. Also I cannot remember the name of the cookbook but I think its the Better Homes brand but its for children ... it gives parents fun and tasty things that are still semi healthy that kids gobble down. Also they are easy to make for parents and kids.Very good cookbook!! My son eats a large variety of things but I guarantee even the pickiest eaters would eat 70% of the meals in this book. Also try eating healthy things in front of your child, if he sees you enjoying them he will most likely partake!

Tamika - posted on 11/10/2009

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Your the mom he's the kid he will eat what you give him and allow him to eat. If he gets really hungry he will eat just about anything you give him. Try healthy food but make them fun and interesting. Peanut butter on apples or celery. Just get creative, but remember your the mom and what you say goes!!! (most of the time)

Tammy - posted on 11/09/2009

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I agree with the other moms, in that if there isnt junk food to eat he cant eat it. Try to give him cheese, crackers, finger veggies, basically anything that he can eat with his hands most children its not the food they dont like but that they have to stop to eat it. If you allow him healthy snacks throghout the day he will be okay. Just don't make it a power struggle because then he probably won't eat anything just to win.

Jenn - posted on 11/09/2009

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i would just keep trying threw the days feedinghim food not that syuff isnt good at all exspetaley a yough child.he will eat aventurly he will get hungry anough he will.good luck sory for he spelling iamnot htat good but u should be able to read it

LETICIA - posted on 11/09/2009

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make his food more colorful. for instance if u have to give vegies, get him a colorful plate with his favorite cartoon character designed on his and use the vegies to design a happy face.
its a gradual process my dear. dont beat yourself up.

Kris - posted on 11/09/2009

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take a look at your shopping list, is it full of treats or things for school lunch. Or do you cook from scratch. I used to buy things for lunches and all the treats would be gone first. When I started to buy more healthy the kids would eat and snack healthy. A bunch of bananas is gone in hours in my house now. But when I bought more junk food snacks, the bananas would spoil.

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2009

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I agree with the others yet i dont follow it myself...
I agree kids will eat when they are hungry but when you have a real fussy eater sometimes you have to give in a little to make sure they eat something..
I was a fussy eater and you wouldnt get to to eat anything if i didnt want to and my son is now the same.
I try to give him a few treats that arent always good but i always try to give him something good for him too... My mother was told to give ice cream in small amounts by her dr when i didnt eat right.
You will know what is right for your son. Just listern to others advice and try and see if it works, just dont stress out over it and dont push it.

Martina - posted on 11/08/2009

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kids wont starve themselves to death by choice - dont give in to him stop feeding him junk but try and find stuff that he could like but if he wont eat dont give him what he wants -feeding him crap is no worse than not feeding him at all. Invite other children around and feed them normal food - often kids will copy their peers, make sure you sit him at the table when the family eats - dont make a big issue out it if he doesnt eat but make a big issue out of it when he does eat, dont get angry, dont get stressed about it it may be an attention seeking action as well...but what ever you do ...no more junk food of any kind, home cooked all the way

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stop giving him sweets. you're the parent put your foot down and be in charge, let him, help with preparing food and things like, that and take him shopping and while walking around the grocery store talk to him about good food and things like that

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Quoting penelope:

my son doesnt eat anything other than Smarties/ Gems... dunno what to do??

Keifer just doesnt eat!! what do I do??


 

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I am with Helen!!! If you don't have Smarties and Gems then he will eat what he needs to not what he wants to. Stop buying them!!! I have raised 4 children I now have 9 grand children and 1 Great Grand child. And guess what they all know I love them but I am the BOSS. What I see the most even in my children whom are grown is that THEIR CHILDREN are the BOSS not THEM. I was always the boss with my kids and they respected me for that, so do my grand children and great grand child. It takes a few days to change things around to YOUR way of thinking but you and your child will be better off for it. I am here for you if you are looking to buy your first home with up to an $8,000 dollar rebate in you taxes this up coming year, I am licensed in 50 states. Just call Wendy at 434-792-8100 Allied Home Mortgage.

Jaime - posted on 11/08/2009

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try to set the food upin the plate into funny faces or something of that nature

Lyn - posted on 11/08/2009

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let him help you make healthy food with you, he is more likely to eat it if he has helped. dont use junk food as a reward or it makes him think its good. stick with it though!! hes like any person we all have our fave foods!!!

Tina - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Helen:

it sounds cruel but all children will eat when they are hungry. chuck out all the bad food so you are not tempted to give in.



I agree...whatever you don't want him to eat...throw it out. If you can, go food shopping without him also...don't go down the snack/chip isles either.



Find something eatible he does like and try to expand on that. Both my children where hot dog kids...nothing but hot dogs and chicken nuggets for the longest time. My son who's 4 still on that kick.



 



Good luck.

Helen - posted on 11/08/2009

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it sounds cruel but all children will eat when they are hungry. chuck out all the bad food so you are not tempted to give in.

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