power struggle every dinner time with my 15months old

Elise - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my 15month old daughter has just started refusing to eat dinner for me and my husband, its a fight every dinner time and it always end in tears. its so frustrating because its only for us, at childcare she eat everything and with the grandparents she will eat everything.
she has also started wakin really early 5-6am and i think its because she is hungry because she eats double what she usually eats for breakfast.
i need to know what i can do to get her to start eatting for me again, because im sick of fighting with her and puttin her to bed being angry and guilty she hasnt eatten

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Both of my girls are this way (3yrs and 18 months) I leave things out for them to eat like a granola bar or a baggy of dry cereal next to my chair and will often find them "snacking" before bed. i know not the best habbit but you gotta get it into them some how. I also let them eat off my husband and i's plates and that seems to help if I dont force them to always sit in their chair but sometimes on our laps. Hope it helps.

Nikki - posted on 09/19/2010

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my son is 15 months and everything you described she does he does to the T, Ive just gotten to the point that if he doesnt want to eat dinner then FINE, my doctor has always said a child will never starve themselves , so ive come to the conclusion he's not hungry, he does eat when he is and a lot at that. But just wish he would eat a little more with me then at daycare or with my parents and my grandparents, also he will eat whatever they feed him with me its 5 things and everything else is on the floor. Dont stress there habits will change eventually, be thankful she is eating at all

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It's normal for kids to eat more earlier in the day and less at the end of the day. I'm going through the same thing with my daughter (16 months). Everything I read said that kids appetites will change and this is normal. Just offer her food and don't force her to eat. Sometimes my daughter would rather eat the food off of our plates then on her own tray. I also try to offer one of her favorite foods along with what we've made for dinner.

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