Kids go in phases, sometimes they eat like it's goin out of style and other times it seems like they don't eat for days! I'd have her help with the meal, give you ideas and tell you what her faves are. I think the more kids feel included the more likely they are to eat what's in front of them. I think it also helps them to try new things.
I don't force ds to eat. But if he's hungry later, I'm not making him anything. He can eat what he refused to eat earlier, or not at all.
Let 'em go without. A missed meal won't kill them.
I do not allow other things to take their place - if they don't want to eat dinner (or whichever meal it is) they wait til the next meal. Period.
its eat it now while its warm or later when its cold. either way bed time is bedtime and if dinner is not eaten by then there is always breakfast.
Sometimes they refuse to eat when they have a growth spurt...they'll eat when they are hungry..I never forced mine...my dad did that to me and I have a HUGH ass now! LOL
M6yr old does this. It's tough. I accommodate as much as I'm willing to but am firm as well.
I involve the kids in my menu planning. I give them choice, and allow them to pick 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts a week. In exchange I expect them to eat everyone elses choices. If they do not eat they are not allowed any other food until their plate is finished. We do not waste food in this house. And I do not force anyone to eat when they don't want to. If they do not eat it at the appropriate time it is put away and taken out for the next meal (our problems are mostly w/dinner so this means ds often eats his dinner for breakfast the next morning). This method has dramatically cut back on the 'I don't want this' nonsense. He still refuses to eat all of his dinner 2-3 nights a week, but he always finishes it the next morning w/o issue.
Quoting bustybee:its eat it now while its warm or later when its cold. either way bed time is bedtime and if dinner is not eaten by then there is always breakfast.
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