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The Clean Plate Club

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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Do you make your child eat all their food before they are excused from the table?

I don't believe in making kids clean their plate. When you're full, you're full.  Kinda cute ~ When I worked in childcare the kids would always ask me if they could be done eating. I'd ask them if they were full and if so, they may dump their plates. There was one teacher who was adament that they finished all of their food. The kids knew this so they would always ask me "Miss Caitlin, can I please be full now?" It really made the other teacher mad, but it always made me giggle.

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JasonsMom2007
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM

No, I don't believe in it.  It can lead to weight problems.

 














anetrnlov
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I do simply because I do not give them that much food to begin with.

I would rather have to get up 3 and 4 times to refill plates then have them waste food.

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teddysmom08
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

We have never made our son eat everything on his plate.  Children know when they are full.  When that happens, they should stop eating.  It's no wonder this country has the weight problem it does.  When children are taught to eat past the point of fullness, we are setting them up to overeat for the rest of their lives.  Ok, I am climbing off of my soapbox now!

outofmymind26
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

No I don't make my kids clean their plates. I think it encourages over eating. As they grow up they will become used to clearing their plate instead of listening to their bodies when they are full.

Instead, if they don't eat much I will tell them they are excused but if they tell me they are hungry later they have to finish their dinner. If they ask for something besides their dinner I tell them they need to finish their vegetable and then they can have a snack before bed. It's usually something light, like a piece of fruit.

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ajscarver
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM

No I do not believe in that, but my we do have a "HAPPY PLATE"... reward... I know sounds weird, but my 3 1/2 year old was under weight 26lbs (has been all his life and has had many tests to try and determine why) and his ped. doc. plus is specialist said if he didn't start gaining some weight they would refer us to a nutrition specialist. Well about a month later his ENT doc. determined he needed T&A surgery.... (that was a ruff 2 weeks), but once he recovered we started rewarding for Happy Plates (clean plates)... if he makes a happy plate he gets a sticker or temporary tattoo or a piece of candy (you know something small)... maybe I'm wrong in doing this but since we started at his last weight check hewent from 26lbs now to 34lbs and the ped. doc. was so happy she hugged him and me and said she needed this to brighten up her day and was just amazed.. Made me feel like a good mom. I will say the T&A surgery was probably a good help on this as his adenoids were blocking 80% of his nasal passage and his tonsils were no better. My son doesn't make a happy plate at every meal, and we don't make a big deal out of it what so ever, but if he eats all his food he will run up to me and hold his plate and say mommy I made a happy plate like you and daddy.... He is so proud. Also he will watch me very close and if I don't make a happy plate he says ... now mommy you didn't make a happy plate so no treat for you... I tell him your right honey mommy doesn't get a special treat... I just hope this doesn't cause a problem in the end. The ped. doc. said everything would be fine and she thinks it's great....

Forget-me-not
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I agree, it teaches them to ignore the signal that tells them they are full

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

No, I don't believe in it.  It can lead to weight problems.



  

Jennifer, Crunchy Student Midwife, Wife and mother to Hannah 13, Abby 8 and  Liam born June 15 2009

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