How do you deal with the "I want food" demand?
My almost 6yo ds comes home from a full day at Kinder and just wants food, food & more food! He has plenty of food at Kinder and I make sure I have a snack for him to eat in the car on the way home, but it seems no amount of food will fill him up before dinner.
I want him to eat more at dinner time, but I can't cope with the 2 minutely requests for 'more food' for the 2 hours before dinner.
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19-10-2012 15:43 #1
I want food!!
19-10-2012 15:46 #2
We go to the park/ for a walk after daycare to distract!
19-10-2012 15:48 #3
Does he drink enough water? Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. I'd get him to have a glass of water and if he is still hungry 5 minutes later he can have something.
19-10-2012 15:54 #4
I want food!!
Are you feeding him protein or carbs? Protein will keep him fuller longer and won't spike his blood sugar so maybe try boiled eggs, nut butters on brown rice cakes or cheese or yogurt or a smoothie with A2 milk?
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19-10-2012 15:55 #5
My 3 year old is the same when he comes home from daycare I figure as long as he has healthy snacks I don't mind if he doesn't finish his dinner... As long as he has a full belly at bed time I am happy DH has just gone to get our kiddies from daycare and I am going to have a fruit platter ready for when they get home The other thing I am considering is having dinner ready earlier on the days he goes to daycare. I remember when I was a kid I had dinner at 4.30 and that worked well for us
19-10-2012 15:57 #6Senior Member
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Great advice from sajimum and shelle65. Also if you do end up giving him food make it healthy. O give my son fresh veggie sticks so even if he ends up eating less dinner I know he's had heaps of vegetables.
We also made dinner time a little earlier for all of us.
19-10-2012 16:11 #7
2 hours is a long time to wait for dinner if you are hungry. I would bring dinner forward, or keep some leftovers from yesterday and let him eat his main meal earlier than the rest of the family, then have a snack/small meal at dinner time.
Or as PP said, a good substantial snack after kindy would tide him over. Protein is good but fats are good too, avocado on a couple of crackers or something? Bananas, yoghurt, pikelets (cook a bunch and freeze them so you have a quick snack on hand). or maybe include some fats in his kindy lunch to keep him fuller longer.
They can run pretty hard at kindy, and they have a lot of growing to do! If they are hungry, feed them, i say!
19-10-2012 18:59 #8
At 6, I'd be telling him, for a start, that's not how you ask for food. "May I please have something Mum, I'm hungry," would be far more likely to get results here than, "I want food." "I want food," would end in me snapping back, "Well I'd like a child who has better manners, but neither of us are getting what we want are we?"
Beyond that, I'd just say, "No," or "have this and then wait for dinner."
What time is he getting home?
DD finishes school at 2.30pm, and we don't have dinner until about 6.30pm, so that's a good 4 hours of no food. I'd give her something once we get home (round about 3pm). I usually make sure it's something with protein, or fruit/veg (or both).
At about 4.30 she's allowed another small snack, but it's usually vegetables. I give her some raw beans, some cucumber, etc. It's just something healthy, and I know it won't load her up with calories she will not use. It also means that come dinner time, if she can't eat much of it, no matter because I know she's loaded up on good foods, not junk.
That's how it works here anyway.
19-10-2012 21:55 #9Senior Member
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my DS (3.5yrs) has always come home starving from daycare. They eat m/tea, lunch (he always eats a big serve), a/tea and late snack at 5pm. I usually pick him up at 5.30 and we go straight home.
While i'm cooking dinner he will easily eat an apple and a biscuit/crackers etc and then at dinnertime 6pmish he will always eat pretty much the whole plate.
They do eat all day at daycare...but i don't think they always eat enough compared to the amount of activity they do.
advice: feed him an apple and a glass of milk or try to have dinner ready and feed him that instead. Or what about picking him up later? Then straight home and dinner staight away?
20-10-2012 09:21 #10
He goes to Kinder til 3pm weekdays - it's not childcare, so that is the standard finishing time. Dinner is usually at 5 - 5:30pm. I'm happy to feed him plenty of afternoon tea, I just thought it would be preferable for him to have afternoon tea and then have a break (?an hour) before dinner so that he's ready to actually eat his evening meal. He's going through a fussy phase and so what he'll eat one day isn't what he'll eat the next day - it drives me nuts! I might try some milk. Currently it's fruit, dry biscuits, popcorn, yoghurt that he usually eats. Maybe I'll just have a bigger platter of stuff ready for him when he gets home and then let him eat before distracting him with more interesting stuff just before dinner.
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