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    My bub isn't here yet. But in my experience with my niece/nephew, 2.5 years old seems way too young to me. I'm really surprised with the comments on here. Would you really send a 2.5 year old to bed with nothing to eat because they refused to eat what you prepared for dinner?

    I personally wouldn't start anything like this until 5 years old at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmummahen View Post
    My bub isn't here yet. But in my experience with my niece/nephew, 2.5 years old seems way too young to me. I'm really surprised with the comments on here. Would you really send a 2.5 year old to bed with nothing to eat because they refused to eat what you prepared for dinner?

    I personally wouldn't start anything like this until 5 years old at least.
    For me , If they are not eating it - and have eaten it many times previously and have no health issues - then at that age absolutely I would not offer another meal - it's imperative to set ground rules and standards otherwise they will refuse to eat dinner knowing there is cereal or yogurt etc that they know mum will give them later, this is how fussiness can start - If they don't like a particular food then that's fine but it's quite normal for them at that age to test your boundaries!

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    I have always been strict with eating and I now have 2 really good eaters and my last bub is on the hard road of learning that she eats what she's given or she gets nothing. She is just starting now to try and eat different foods. I wasn't born with good eaters... I made them that way.

    I don't lose it or go off my nut if they don't eat their dinner or finish it they just don't get anything else or any dessert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmummahen View Post
    My bub isn't here yet. But in my experience with my niece/nephew, 2.5 years old seems way too young to me. I'm really surprised with the comments on here. Would you really send a 2.5 year old to bed with nothing to eat because they refused to eat what you prepared for dinner?

    I personally wouldn't start anything like this until 5 years old at least.
    Agreed. My kids are 6, 3 and 2. If they are still hungry after not eating all their dinner they get the choice of an apple or a carrot. I don't want them going to bed hungry. But it rarely happens anyway, maybe less than once a month if I had to average it out? They usually eat all their dinner, in spite of knowing they will always get an alternative.

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    I don't force the kids to finish their dinners but I will persuade my dd to eat, she gets distracted so easily and doesn't eat because she's fluffing around, we do the how many spoons do I need to eat etc. my ds eats fantastically so I just dish up his food and he eats what he wants from it. I don't ever offer an alternative unless I know I have intentionally cooked something the kids don't like. My kids don't have any sensory issues in aware of but if they did I imagine id be happy to offer alternatives on a day to day basis if it was between me feeding them or them not eating. Food is such a tricky subject with kids sometimes.

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    Thanks for all of the responses!! I totally agree with a lot of what you're saying regarding food not being a battle but also making a clear expectation that there is nothing else on offer.

    Sort of related, tonight hubby is out and my daughter and I had homemade pizza, she had 2 slices, then strawberries and now yogurt and granola. Maybe he's the bad influence on her lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    For me , If they are not eating it - and have eaten it many times previously and have no health issues - then at that age absolutely I would not offer another meal - it's imperative to set ground rules and standards otherwise they will refuse to eat dinner knowing there is cereal or yogurt etc that they know mum will give them later, this is how fussiness can start - If they don't like a particular food then that's fine but it's quite normal for them at that age to test your boundaries!
    I can absolutely understand that, if they've eaten it previously with no worries, then I can understand pushing them to eat it. But I still would never send my child to bed hungry at that age.

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    I guess the thing for us (and I know this doesnt apply to every family,especially with special needs, i mean my family....), I am not 'sending them to bed hungry. I am giving them a good, nutritious meal. If they dont eat it,theyre obviously not too hungry! If they dont eat, I assume that they arent feeling hungry tonight or are unwell, so I never make them eat it - I let them choose not to eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmummahen View Post
    My bub isn't here yet. But in my experience with my niece/nephew, 2.5 years old seems way too young to me. I'm really surprised with the comments on here. Would you really send a 2.5 year old to bed with nothing to eat because they refused to eat what you prepared for dinner?

    I personally wouldn't start anything like this until 5 years old at least.
    Easily do it and I start earlier at 18mths ish. I'm giving them healthy nutritious food that tastes awesome (I'm a bloody awesome cook) that generally they have eaten parts or all of it before. They are choosing not to eat it. I'm certainly not forcing them to eat.

    Im a mum and this is our house, not a restaurant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmummahen View Post
    My bub isn't here yet. But in my experience with my niece/nephew, 2.5 years old seems way too young to me. I'm really surprised with the comments on here. Would you really send a 2.5 year old to bed with nothing to eat because they refused to eat what you prepared for dinner?

    I personally wouldn't start anything like this until 5 years old at least.
    My children could understand perfectly at that age that there was nothing else. My youngest is 2.5 and she knows that if she doesn't eat dinner, then there's nothing else.

    My eldest at 2.5 would only eat sausages, corn cobs, spaghetti bolognese, scrambled eggs for dinner and would refuse anything else. She started waking 2/3 times s night for a bottle because she was hungry. I took the bottle away and it got better. She's still my most fussiest eater and occasionally I will cook a variation of a meal if I know she genuinely doesn't like something I'm making. Example is tonight. We are having roast. She really doesn't like roast potatoes so I might make home made chips instead. But I've got 3 kids aged 7, 4, 2 and I am not going to cook each of them a different meal. I work 3 days, got dancing 2 afternoons a week, footy training 2 afternoons a week, girl guides, swimming lessons etc. I need to cook meals that are not only nutritious but quick that fit in with our busy lifestyle.
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