My 3.5 year old son has been driving me nuts since past one year regarding his eating habits. he was one the most picker eaters ever to have walked on the surface of the earth. he started losing weight badly, i had constant fear of malnutrition and because of his poor diet (obviously) he was having issues in height department as well.
his pedi put him on various multivitamins and even told me to give him pediasure as he needed to take "something'' in. so he was just drinking milk and pediasure. it was the solids which were such a big hassle. both of us would end up in tears during meal times.
so usually i would turn off the television when we would sit down to eat. one day i left it on when "trying'' to feed him lunch. he ate!! i was overjoyed. so it's been over 3 months now that he's been really REALLY eating now (while watching cartoons). like he eats EVERYTHING! healthy stuff. rice, breads (all kinds), protein, grains, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables!! literally all kinds of vegetables! he started gaining weight. his sleeping routine improved (naturally) and he's so much in a better mood now. no more crankiness!
now i wanted to finish this habit of watching tv/ or playing on an iPad while eating. but then he wouldn't eat. and believe me i am one of those strict parents who has rules about everything. i strongly believe in disciplining. but this is one of those things where if i put my foot down (like i used to), he goes to bed hungry. and we'll be back where we started.
my husband says to make an exception for this one and let him watch tv while eating till he's a little older.
i'm afraid he might make this such a strong habit that he won't let go of it. but then but then my bigger fear is he might stop eating again. what should i do? any advice please?
Asked by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on Jan. 26, 2014 in Toddlers (1-2)
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Answer by louise2 at 5:56 PM on Jan. 26, 2014
I say eat with the TV on, just not on special occasions and at family's house. Come on we eat dinner in front of the TV all the time. It's way more fun and relaxed. The only thing I worry about is when school starts what will your child do then!
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