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My sons a snacker how do i get him to settle down with a meal and less snacks?

My son loves to snack all day and wont sit down for a real meal. His snack are healthy, but i want him to eat a filling meal instead of little things threw out the day.

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born2Bwild

Asked by born2Bwild at 8:51 PM on Jun. 19, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • I hear that is is actually healthier to have a number of small meals through the day rather than three large ones. So he is instinctively doing the healthy thing. As long as his snacks are healthy- fruit, vegetables. smoothies, nuts, then maybe let him choose?
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 8:53 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • They are finding out it's healthier to eat more times a day (smaller portions) rather than a few larger meals. Perhaps we can learn from children!
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:54 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • when he gets up in the a.m. don't give him a snack right away, wait about an hour or so and then offer breakfast if he says no, put it up and when he gets hungry offer it again. when hes hungry enough he'll eat it. when he says he is hungry again later ask him what he wants to eat, if its a snack food, tell him he can have that after having whatever you want him to have for lunch. this is what i do w/my daughter b/c she'd rather eat strawberries, apples and watermelon all day than a real meal, so she can have those after she eats whatever it is i feel she should eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 8:54 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • they're actually finding it more healthy and to keep kids from becoming obese when they're older, to have 3 square meals a day, with an occasional healthy snack. even dr sears said that, and i'm not a fan of his. just offer him less snacks. if he's hungry, tell him he can wait until breakfast/lunch/dinner. then give him his meal. if he refuses to eat it then obviously he's not hungry enough to eat that, so don't give him snack foods. easy.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:58 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • It is actually healthier to eat 6 small meals a day. Time it so 3 of his snacks are during mealtime and just give him smaller portions.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:05 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • He is the smart one. That said, family dinners are so important to child development and mental health. Make sure that, even if he is not eating, your son is sitting at the table and enjoying conversation with his family.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:43 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Give him less snacks.
    Waxing_Lyrical

    Answer by Waxing_Lyrical at 5:55 AM on Jun. 21, 2009

  • As long as they are healthy I don't see the problem. It's good to eat several small things a day rather than 3 large meals. It'll keep his metabolism up.
    drpepper73

    Answer by drpepper73 at 1:13 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

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