What do you do when your kids refuse to eat dinner?

My oldest is super picky and wont eat most things kids eat. Now my little one is trying to be like him, even though he has a bigger appetite. Ive tried taking away snacks, reserving the same meal, everything I can think of. Im quite frustrated and nothings working. They cant live off cereal!

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bvona

Asked by bvona at 6:49 PM on Jul. 16, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • We have not had a child starve yet and we've been through this with 4 lol As they get older I let them help plan the menu and make the food. When they have a hand in it they are often more willing to give it a try. You can remind them "this is the meal you picked out for tonight" or "you helped cook this and did such a great job! now it's time to try it and see how good you did!!"
    pwfaith

    Answer by pwfaith at 12:13 AM on Jul. 17, 2008

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  • Mine would go to bed hungry. They'll get hungry and learn to like stuff. I was picky when I was young and my mom would make me sit at the table until all my food was gone. They'll just have to learn to like it! Lol.
    feesharose

    Answer by feesharose at 6:53 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • Don't worry to much Mom. When the kids are hungry they'll eat. They will not starve. Give them time, they'll come around.
    JuneL

    Answer by JuneL at 7:17 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • beat their rear ends until they bleed.....lol
    Imsupermom2

    Answer by Imsupermom2 at 7:35 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • Mommy only cooks one dinner. After dinner Mommy cleans the kitchen and the kitchen closes. They'll survive
    Gotoyourmoms

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 7:50 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • let them go hungry.... they will NOT starve themselves and will come around to at least trying the food...and getting some bites in. If they really don't like it I do let them have a ONE piece of butter bread and a glass of Milk.... The next morning they eat a real hearty breakfast.
    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 7:51 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • My mom always told us, "If you're hungry enough, you'll eat anything." I don't believe children are truly picky eaters. I believe parents cater too much to their children. Your child won't starve himself. But if you tiptoe around his eating habits, you're just enabling the behavior.
    Ggirlsmom

    Answer by Ggirlsmom at 7:52 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • my son didnt want to eat his dinner . he ate all afternoon, but when dinertime came it was a no-go. then comes bedtime he hungry. i finally caught on it was his way of staying up for another half hour hour , so one night as bad as it sounds i told him dont ask me to eat at bedtime, you eat dinner at dinnertime, sure enough along came bedtime and he said he was hungry, and i stuck to my word. no. as much as it killed me to think he was starving, he woke up finished all his breakfast and has been eating diner everyday since then. of coarse he still came up with a million other reasons not to go to bed.
    cncplus1

    Answer by cncplus1 at 8:09 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • oh and of coarse cereal is all they ever want i thought it was just my son. have you tried taking away privledges? no park no games no snacks etc?
    cncplus1

    Answer by cncplus1 at 8:11 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • I try to convince my son to eat his meal when everybody else is eating.If he doesn't do that, I put his plate in the fridge.I ask him again an hour before he goes to bed if he is hungry.If he is, I only offer him the plate I had put away in the fridge. He is usually very hungry by then and very happy to eat it.If he still refuses, He eats very well next days breakfast with no whining. Good luck.
    callico

    Answer by callico at 8:23 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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