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So Frustrated!! How can I get them to eat??

My kids wont eat there food no matter what I make. They will pick at it but they wont eat. They are 2 and 3 and I've tried spoon feeding them, which works to an extent but its very difficult with 3 kids, I've tried bribing them with dessert, I've tried taking stuff away, giving less sippies during the day! I'm at my wits end and I need some suggestions??

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SabrenaLeigh

Asked by SabrenaLeigh at 5:30 PM on May. 7, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • I'm under the impression that a child won't starve themself. EVENTUALLY they will eat, so don't stress about it! Just go about mealtimes as usual. They'll eat when they're hungry enough!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:39 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • Yeah, if they don't eat their dinner they don't get dessert or snacks later. My daughter tried to be a picky eater but that stopped real fast. Stick to your guns.
    emmyandlisa

    Answer by emmyandlisa at 5:40 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • my daughter was like this around this age it was very frustrating. i never gave her a lot either. they will grow out of it. try just cooking for your family as usual and have everyone at the table but dont give them anything unless they ask for it. that way you dont waste any food or create more dishes and they are still involved in family dinner time. i know it kinda sounds mean like your eating in front of them but i dont mean it that way at all. i wait til my daughter tells me she hungry
    wifey000175554

    Answer by wifey000175554 at 5:46 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • if they dont eat their food dont offer any thing else leave them for a while when there hungry they will eat dont bribe them with treats but maybe to a park or visit a friend.stick to your guns and dont give in.good luck
    caroline565

    Answer by caroline565 at 5:52 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • I cant bribe them to go to the park or to a friends, My df works out of state and I dont have a vehicle so taking 3 kids under 3 out is a hassle even to the back yard!
    SabrenaLeigh

    Comment by SabrenaLeigh (original poster) at 6:04 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • I give my son vitamins and v8 juice (splash or fusion) and then let him eat what he wants. Right now it's been about 3 weeks of mac and cheese straight. Whatever. When his body needs something he'll ask.
    wanderingmuse

    Answer by wanderingmuse at 9:50 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • I have to add, I do insist he sit thru dinner whether he eat or not....
    wanderingmuse

    Answer by wanderingmuse at 9:50 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • i go thru the same thing with DD, I just make her sit in her high chair until she's done, and yes sometimes she is there for hours...But it's getting better :) GL
    amberpatterson

    Answer by amberpatterson at 11:40 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • I do make them sit for the whole dinner, and I give them a daily vitamin. I just hate fighting with them, so I will try not fighting with them and maybe they will just eat LOL
    SabrenaLeigh

    Comment by SabrenaLeigh (original poster) at 6:33 AM on May. 8, 2011

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