what do u do when ur two year old says he his hungary but refuses to eat his dinner and cries

Brook - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i was a stay at home for a year and dinner was ready by 6 oclock... now that im back at work ( going on 3 weeks) we dont eat till 7. when he comes home from day care he says he is hungary. we gave him a lil snack when i first started working and he wouldnt eat dinner. so now we stopped doing that and started cooking really quick meals he cries all through dinner and stays eat eat.. its not like in not cooking his favorites.. and me and my husband are trying not to get frusturated but it is going on 3 weeks now

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Lisa - posted on 01/29/2010

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my son is doing the same thing, or rather, was. Stop the snack, not even a small one. If he refuses to eat when dinner is ready with the rest of the family, we put him in his room for quiet playtime for 5 minutes, then asked him if he was ready to come eat dinner like a big boy. 9 times out of 10, he comes back into the dining room and practically licks his plate clean. It seems to be just one of many power struggles we face with our children about this age. You just need to let your child know you are the adult and that you will not tolerate that kind of behavior.

Theresa - posted on 01/29/2010

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Does the day care give him a snack? If so at what time. See if they will give him a healthy, light snack at about 4. It could even be something you pack for him. That may be enough to help him get through until 7. If day care hasn't given him anything since lunch, or like 2, then 7 is a long time to wait and he probably is starving. But having a snack when you get home is too close. See if your day care is agreeable to that. Other than that I don't have much else to suggest to help you, sorry.

K.C. - posted on 01/29/2010

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Have you asked him why he wont eat? On the weekends when you are with him more, does he eat then? Have you looked inside his mouth? Maybe he has oral thrush, sore throat, teeth coming through makin it painful for him to eat. How about asking him what he wants to eat, he may surprise you. Have you tried black-mail on him ie- eat all your dinner and you can have a great big bowl of ice-cream or whatever his favourite is. What does he eat at daycare? I'm sure he is eating something. If for example he does eat chhese on toast then feed him cheese on toast for all his meals. Have you tried every kids favourite McDonalds? If he eats Macca's then you can rule out medical issues and focus on the mental issue.....Anyway, good luck, and as another poster said 'he won't starve himself'...

Brandi - posted on 01/28/2010

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Your child will not starve himself. He may not be eating supper because he would prefer the snack food you were giving him. Stick to your guns and make dinner. If he is really as hungry as he says, he'll eat it. He also may be given a snack at daycare in the afternoon, or a big lunch there or something like that. I would just keep up what you are doing. NO snack before dinner and you will eat what is served or you can have breakfast at 7 a.m. or whatever time you feed him breakfast. he'll get the picture soon enough. My kids did.

Kayla - posted on 01/28/2010

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could he be teething? sometimes when my baby is hungry and wont eat its because his teeth are hurting. try everything, you never know what will work some days and wont the next. try giving him the snack again too. does he feed himself usually? if so then try feeding him, he could just be uncomfortable with the change.

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