My son won't eat proper meal

Danielle - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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hi there my son is nearly 6 yrs old and wont eat proper meals with me. He would rather eat junk than anything what do i do?

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Emily - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Toni:



But Don't worry about him not wanting healthy stuff, he won't let himself starve and as long as he is healthy it's not a problem. The worst thing you can do is try and force him to eat what he doesn't want, it makes meal times tense and he is then more likely not to want anything, and whatever you do do not do the "if you don't eat this you starve" thing, that is a sure fire way of making a kid ill.


Yeah that! If you don't keep junk in the house he can't eat it. Does he like crackers? apples?string cheese? grapes? nuts? If you find something like this offer it as a snack. They are ususally pretty hungry after school and he may be more inclined to munch on this type of stuff than all of a sudden start eating spinach. I like the food diary idea too. It will help you figure out what he will eat. It isn't fair to serve an entire meal off stuff he hates so by knowing that he will atleast eat baked potatoes even if her rejects the other dishes he will have eaten a potato or two. Pizza, chicken strips, PB & J, french fries, spaghetti, soups, and burgers are all examples of kid friendly food that can be made relatively healthy by substituting olive oil for butter, baking and adding veggies -even mashing and hiding them in sauce if you feel it is necessary.

Toni - posted on 04/06/2009

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First thing's first... stop worrying... it just makes things 10 times worse. Have you tried a food diary? Try keeping one for a week, it'll give you a better idea of what he's actually eating, we can often focus on all the bad and miss the odd good thing.

What is is you actually mean by junk food? is it Chocolate and Crisps, or does it include things like Pizza and chips?

My youngest (who's 6) is a fussy eater, she won't have anything potato, and tends to really only want pasta and tuna or cheese... I worried about it for ages so spoke to my Health Visitor and GP, they both told me to stop worrying so long as she is happy and healthy it really doesn't matter what she eats.

The other thing is that as they go through school they will see their friends eating different foods and you can pretty much garauntee they will want what their friends have... so give it time he'll more than likely come round in the end... my daughter actually ate chilli-con-carne the other day because a friend of hers loves it... she'd refused to even entertain the idea before.

Try giving him carrot sticks and a cheese dip or somthing, apparently it's the easiest thing to get fussy eaters to try (maybe it's the novelty factor or something)

But Don't worry about him not wanting healthy stuff, he won't let himself starve and as long as he is healthy it's not a problem. The worst thing you can do is try and force him to eat what he doesn't want, it makes meal times tense and he is then more likely not to want anything, and whatever you do do not do the "if you don't eat this you starve" thing, that is a sure fire way of making a kid ill.

Relax, he'll come round in his own time... Good Luck

Della - posted on 04/06/2009

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Yes yogurts are a great snack for calcium...also cheese sticks. My son is the same way...he will not eat any veggies, even corn! lol Im going to start doing the puree thing with the veggies for all my kids.

Danielle - posted on 04/06/2009

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I have tried to put dinners in front of him but he wont entertain any of them. so what do i do take his crisps and stuff away from him? the doctor sed yoghurts are ok for him is this true?

Arlene - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son is the same way. But I dont give him any options. If he will not finish his dinner I save it for a snack. After a while he realizes that if he doesnt eat his dinner he gets nothing else. I also found a really good cookbook for kids that explains how you can puree different veggies and incorporate then in different foods. Like purred cauliflower mixed with mashed potatoes (his favorite) and he cant even tell.

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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keep giving him the same meal. if he wont eat it, wrap it up and give it to him the next day. thats what i did with my daughter, and eventually she got tired of not eating anything else (cause i took everything else except water away from her too) that she decided to eat it for supper the next day. they will eat it if it is all they have, so take everything else away all junk foods, and they will give in. but it may take a day or two. good luck

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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keep giving him the same meal. if he wont eat it, wrap it up and give it to him the next day. thats what i did with my daughter, and eventually she got tired of not eating anything else (cause i took everything else except water away from her too) that she decided to eat it for supper the next day. they will eat it if it is all they have, so take everything else away all junk foods, and they will give in. but it may take a day or two. good luck

Emily - posted on 04/06/2009

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Stop buying junk period. Fix healty meals that include atleast one dish or side dish he likes. He won't starve. If he doesn't eat everything- fine but keep exposing him to healthy real foods until he is familliar with them. He will eventually find something he likes.

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