Getting my near-6-year-old to eat at all has always been a fight. Lately he's started asking for a snack before bed, he usually wants a bowl of oatmeal or granola bar. We eat dinner at 6, he goes to bed at 8. He rarely eats all of his dinner and he's always the last one done. When I do give a before-bed snack he always eats it all but he drags it out and talks and plays while he's doing it. I don't know if he's doing it because he's ACTUALLY hungry or if it's just another stall tactic in his arsenal of many.
So, if you were me...would you let him stay up a little later and just be happy he's eating or would you put an end to the stalling and send him to bed?
Answer by aydansmomma04 at 11:10 AM on Mar. 31, 2010
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My DD does this too. She's 3 and a half. We give her a snack in a little bowl. We do her bedtime routine, no stalling allowed, and then leave her with her snack and water. Sometimes she goes right to sleep and sometimes she eats her snack and then goes to sleep. I don't want to send her to bed hungry, but I don't want her to turn a snack time into a fun playtime just before bed. At your son's age, I'd make a rule that if he doesn't eat any dinner at all then he gets no bedtime snack. But I don't ever agree with forcing a child to eat all of their food. That can teach kids to over eat instead of listening to their body's full response. It can also turn meal times into struggles and lead to kids getting nervous tummy aches at meal times, which would make them lose their appetite.
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