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#1 Jacci

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:52 PM

I have a son who just turned 2. For a week now he has been refusing his dinner, no matter what we do or say he will NOT eat. He eats all other meals fine just not dinner.

Its sort of a control thing I think as when I put it there he cries and turns it away, when I take it away he reaches for it and cries. This can go on for hours and he will just not take it.

Is this normal or should I be worried?

Its from everything from a BBQ, spag bol, you name it I have made it. So its not that he doesnt like it.

Then later on he cries that he is hungry and when I go to give it to him it starts all over again. Unless I give in and give him fruit or yoghurt etc.

Any advice please?


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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:58 PM

we are battling this with Milly, some things i found that worked
- ignoring the whinging - she eventualy sat down to eat when she realised she wasnt geting the attention
- leting her help prepare dinner and set the table - i cut up the vegies and she puts it into the saucepan
- i have moved dinner some nights to 4.30 just so she would eat
- other nights i let her carry on - if she refuses she goes straight to bed at normal time - usualy if she eats dinner she can sit on lounge with me whilst i watch tv.


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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:04 PM

Unfortunately it is normal in a lot of households and it sucks quite frankly!!!!!

I have no advice as I have a 3&1/2 year old that is still doing it for lunch and dinner.

However I have just starting reading a book called 'More Peas Please' and I am no where near finished but am hoping that it continues to be as good as it has been up till now.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:22 PM

We have nights like that and we try not to make a big deal over it as hard as it can be. The boys eat at their little table, I put the plate down in front of them and if they eat it they eat it, if they don't it gets wrapped up and put in the fridge for the next day. If they don't eat and decide later they're hungry they have a choice of either eating their dinner or a piece of fruit or carrot sticks.

Our theory is that if we don't make a big deal it takes away the control factor and they don't get any attention.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:28 PM

Zack also has many nights he doesn't touch anything and other nights he eats it all. It could be the same meal and everything. I don't make a big deal out of it if he doesn't eat then he doesn't eat. Although I have now bought a snack of fruit or something to later in the day. He doesn't cry bc he is hungry later on though my thought is ignore it and hopefully he will work out he may as well eat it so he isn't so hungry later on.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 02:50 PM

totally normal! our daughter is still like it sometimes.

we found we needed to be creative some evenings, talk up the food, the colour of it and how it's the same colour as one of the wiggles, or one of the wiggles loves that too type of thing.

With some things it helped when I gave her some pear puree to 'dip' her food into. She loves this.




ETA: if we were to offer sandwiches or cereal, she would eat it no problems. Now we have bought frozen veges and we prepare those with something else simple and that way if she refuses it we don't feel we have wasted our time, as it hasn't taken long to prepare.




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