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They'll eat when they get hungry? My mom and I fight about this constantly. My son's 3 and I say if he doesn't want to eat than he's not hungry.


Asked by Tes...Jacksmami at 10:51 PM on Aug. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Yes, I do believe that kids will eat when they're hungry. They won't let themselves starve and force-feeding could have serious consequences.

    Answer by Erin814 at 10:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Kids will not starve themselves (in general, I know there are some extreme cases but they are so rare). If a kid is hungry they will eat. =)

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 10:52 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Yes, I do. I have a very picky 5 year old, and we don't fix special things for him. It is his choice to eat or not, my choice of what to offer, and when to offer it.

    Answer by mzfam99 at 10:52 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Yes, I believe if a child is hungry they will eat. My daughter goes through moments when she just does not want to eat .. but she will eat for the next meal.

    Answer by NOLAmommaKRYS at 10:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Yes I do. and some days my son doesn't eat a whole lot but other days I feel like he eats everything in sight.
    I never make special foods everyone eats I make or they don't eat anything. Our pediatrician says that if a child doesn't like what you're having offer a bowl of cereal. so if my son doesn't eat dinner I'll offer him cereal (instead of something he'd rather have Pretzels or peanuts )for a snack before bed.

    Answer by OBImomma at 10:56 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • yep, kids won't starve themselves. I have given up the fight over eating. my mom tries to make my kids finish and I just tell them fine. I do however not let them have anything else than what was offered ;o) oh you can't finish your dinner? no cupcake for you then.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 10:56 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Oh gosh I would say the kid eats when they are hungry. HOwever make sure to have good wholesome foods around.

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 10:59 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Kids should always have access to healthy foods like fruit, veggies, whole grain products, ect. They should not have to go without eating just because they don't like what you fix. You don't have to make the choice between eating something that disgusts you or go without. Do unto you children as you would want someone to do to you.


    Answer by Gailll at 11:00 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • no not kids at that age. sometimes you may need to force them to eat to make sure they are getting the right amount of nutrients, and are eating the right things.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Yes... I go through this all the time... If Little mans not eating then whatever, but I explain to him thats all he gets until next meal time.

    Answer by lilmoosesmom at 11:08 PM on Aug. 19, 2010