how to get a 3 year old to eat dinner at dinner time?

Kimber - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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i was hopeing to hear from all of the mom's out there.On how do i get my 3 year old to eat dinner with the rest of the family. It seems like to me that every night when it is dinner time. My 3 year old will get up out of his chair,and go run around playing while the rest of the family is eatting dinner!!! Then after dinner is done then that is when he wants to eat. And then i have to go and make him something else to eat Ugh it gets hard to take sometimes. I just wish that he would eat his dinner when the rest of the family is eatting then i want have to make him something else to eat right after dinner is over. I look foward to hearing all of you momma's advice! Thanks- Kim

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Karen - posted on 06/30/2011

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I have never been a short order cook for my girls. When it is mealtime then that is the time to eat. We all sit down for dinner together, regardless if they actually eat or not they have to sit at the table. I encourage my 4 year old to eat, sometimes I keep telling her and keep telling her to eat. It is so frustrating . I feel like I shouldn't have to say anything and if she doesn't eat by the time everyone else is done then her plate gets taken away and if she is hungry later then too bad. I know that sounds harsh but I feel like she won't die from hunger and will probably eat a good breakfast the next morning. I have also tried the "no dessert" idea but that doesn't always work either. She is very determined to do what she wants. Good luck....I've been there.

Mimi - posted on 06/14/2011

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If he gets an afternoon snack stop giving him one. I had this problem when my son was little also. I refused to make him anything after dinner was over. You arent a short order cook its dinner time when its dinner time. He wont starve if he misses one meal.

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