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Old 02-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Do any of you guys have trouble getting your kid to eat....(mainly from the 2-5 range)? My daughter won't eat anything it seems. Never seen someone so picky and tired of dinner become a almost legal mma fight sometimes.....
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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Do any of you guys have trouble getting your kid to eat....(mainly from the 2-5 range)? My daughter won't eat anything it seems. Never seen someone so picky and tired of dinner become a almost legal mma fight sometimes.....
Man, I'm battling that right NoWhos Chad.

My 2 year old boy only wants to eat Mac and cheese or goldfish or maybe a grilled cheese but sometimes he turns that junk down too...

It's getting very difficult to make dinners for individuals instead of all for one....

So far, my 1 year old eats damn near anything...

Any tips?
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the 6 yr old pulls this all the time. he's very picky on what he eats and goofs around at the dinner table. i usually pull out the timer and give him 25 minutes to eat. when the buzzer goes off he's done and will miss out on dessert if we have any. it was very hard the first couple times because usually around 9 or 10 at night he was complaining he still wanted to eat. it didn't take long for him to realize to try the food we prepared and that it's not all that bad. he still craves pizza, grilled cheese but he's still a kid.
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I tried being stern and telling him to "eat this or nothing" (if I know it's something he likes) and he just pokes it with his straw and doesn't eat...

And then, just like you said, at about 9:00 when he knows we are going to put him to bed, he starts saying he's hungry...

So, my wife always says I'm not sending him to bed hungry, feeds him some junk before h brushes his teeth, and the cycle continues...
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I tried being stern and telling him to "eat this or nothing" (if I know it's something he likes) and he just pokes it with his straw and doesn't eat...

And then, just like you said, at about 9:00 when he knows we are going to put him to bed, he starts saying he's hungry...

So, my wife always says I'm not sending him to bed hungry, feeds him some junk before h brushes his teeth, and the cycle continues...
kids are smart! he/she knows it doesn't matter if he/she eats at that moment because later on they will get their way. whatever you decide both your wife and you have to be on the same page. once you have a plan stick to it.

the 6 yr did go to bed hungry a couple of times. but when i pull the timer out and tell him it's time to eat he knows i mean business. if he's not that hungry i explain to him that later on he won't get any food.
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kids are smart! he/she knows it doesn't matter if he/she eats at that moment because later on they will get their way. whatever you decide both your wife and you have to be on the same page. once you have a plan stick to it.

the 6 yr did go to bed hungry a couple of times. but when i pull the timer out and tell him it's time to eat he knows i mean business. if he's not that hungry i explain to him that later on he won't get any food.
If the timer doesn't work, I might try the technic in your Avi...

I kid obviously but it can get frustrating at times...
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Do any of you guys have trouble getting your kid to eat....(mainly from the 2-5 range)? My daughter won't eat anything it seems. Never seen someone so picky and tired of dinner become a almost legal mma fight sometimes.....
It is normal.

I have a 2 year old and he does the same stuff........
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First and foremost, make sure they're hungry at dinner time. Adjust snacks and lunches accordingly.

I've never had success with food after I get visibly mad at them... ever. Even though that generally straightens them up in other situations.

My kids are generally pretty good about it though. They just seem to want control over something. So we usually let them pick their drink or a side.
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