He is in baseball and plays outside 2 hours a day .. after I get home from work. I dont keep junk food in the house and I always keep fruit and veggies around. Im pregnant and thats all im craving so we have more around than we have ever had.
Because he doesnt sleep like he should his metabolism is low and his appetite high. I have talked with his pediatrician about this who just says to give him melatonin. I have.. it does not work!!
At meal times he doesnt eat full neals. Claiming he is not hungry. We know this is a case of being over stimulated or preoccupied.
Anyways.. the point of my post. He sneaks food at night.
Last week it was a pineapple. I had cut up a fresh pineapple and put it in the fridge for breakfast. The next day it was gone and the container was in the sink.
2 weeks ago it was a can of fruit. The kid actually took the can opener up to his room. I didnt even notice the fruit gone I just noticed the can opener missing.
Tonight it was pickles. He asked for a pickle around 8. I gave him one. At 9 he went to bed. By 930 he was screaming that he is hungry. Problem is he has always used food as a way to avoid sleeping. We have been working viciously with the nutrition, exercise and wellness clinic to get the weight off. He knows that eating at night is not only unhealthy but dangerous. He wants to be healthy so he can " run as fast as the flash and be as strong as superman ".
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. Even being pregnant I am trying to lose weight. ( with my obs blessing of course) . I used to eat at night as well and had to work at stopping the habit.
He does this about once a week, always waiting us out until we think he is sleepin and go to bed or he wakes up in the middle of the night and does it.
All of the food in the cabinets are too high to reach now but the fridge is a problem. He has figured out the locks.
I dont know what to do anymore.. or how to even punish for this. I dont want to cause a complex or body issues in my 5 year old. He has such low self esteem stemming from social delays.
He has an appointment on thursday with the nutritiionist..
Help!!! Any suggestions on punishments? He will be awake within the hour and im thinking of putting him to work. I deep clean on sundays..
Also we have an ant problem. He knows this and he knows how hard we have been working to get it under control. I cannot have food upstairs so that is why im thinking of having him help deep clean.. explaining that him taking food upstairs can make the problem worse so he needs to help get it fixed.
Please help.. im at a loss