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how to get a 4yr old to realize that they are full after they eat?

i have a 4yr old daughter that is above average for her weight but she is also tall her dad is 6'6 but she is wanting to eat all the time. We have cut her back but when she is done she throws a fit and wants more we dont give in i just need some help on how to explain to her that she dont need anymore without hurting her feelings if there is anyone that can help me please feel free

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chloie05

Asked by chloie05 at 6:10 PM on Oct. 8, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • to maintain weight, you keep kids at a schedule, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack around the same time every day. (even studies say this)

    if you already do this, make her excited about the next meal. like if it's dinner and she wants more, tell her that you're happy that she ate all of her food, and because she did she gets a cool breakfast the tomorrow. make sure you explain to her she has to go to bed and when she wakes up then she can have it, if it's lunch, do the same thing but maybe you can show her a clock and tell her when the little hand touches the 6 (or whatever time you eat dinner) then she can eat. remember, you have to make a big deal about it, so that way she thinks it's an awsome idea. i use this trick with my son for alot of other things, and it works all the time. (especially when he begs for poptarts :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:16 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • are you sure she is full? tell her she can go play for x amount of time (i measure time by cartoons for my daughter when shes watching tv, thats something she can grasp) and if shes still hungry to come talk to you again. that way you know if shes actually hungry or not. have her slow down when she eats, if she eats too quickly she won't realize she's full til shes stuffed herself to the point of discomfort.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 6:17 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • You do not explain anything. You give her a plate of food. Right then you say. "Don't ask for any more, because you will not get any more." If she asks for more , give her a class of water.
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 6:19 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • I like Vabchmommy's idea. Have her wait a little bit. Maybe have her play with playdogh at the table or something creative. Maybe give her a snack closer to dinner so that she is not starving by the time dinner arrives. Hey maybe you should take this opportunity to let her eat, but let it be all the vegetables she wants....no?
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 6:47 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Maybe she isn't full. Why do people insist on using food as a means of control? If she is hungry FEED her, if she isn't hungry don't feed her. If she insists that she is hungry after a meal, give her something to drink, she could be thristy or dehydrated.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 7:38 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Maybe she isn't full. Why do people insist on using food as a means of control?

    Its not a means of control! My dd asks for food ALL DAY long and I want her to have HEALTHY eating habits so i don't always give her food when she asks how is that wrong?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

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