It never fails…I make a nice meal, and none of the kids want to eat it! Why is it that my kids are so full at dinner time, but when snack time rolls around, they're all of a sudden starving?
I think I've narrowed it down to a few reasons that this behavior keeps repeating itself, and you know what they say, acknowledging the problem is the first step to fixing it, right?!
Reason #1– They've eaten too much after school. I don't know about your kids, but mine come home acting like they haven't eaten in three days! It's a mad dash to the kitchen and half the time the food is going in their mouths before I can even say “hey, let's make some healthy choices and not eat too much because dinner is in a little while.”
My kids pretty much want a full meal after school, and we don't eat dinner too late, usually between 5 and 6, so if they're eating a meal at 3 it's no wonder they're too full for their dinner. But of course, snack time is anywhere from an hour and a half to two and a half hours later, so by then, they're once again ravenous!
Reason #2– They don't like what we're having. Now I know I'm going to get a lot of flack on this one, but I don't make my kids eat what we have for dinner if they don't like it. That's the way I was raised, and as a picky eater myself when I was younger, I understand that not every kid is going to like everything. I do allow them to make an alternate choice for dinner if they really don't like the meal, but sometimes it's easier for them to just say “I'm not hungry” then to have to come up with an alternate meal plan. (Note: My youngest is 9, so I'm not talking about toddlers coming up with their own dinner options.) 🙂
Reason #3– Kids just love snacks, it's as simple as that! They'd rather eat a treat than a full meal, but in order to get a treat, they have to eat something healthy first. So if they don't eat dinner, then their snack becomes fruit or yogurt instead of cookies or sweets.
Well now that I've figured out why my kids are always full at dinner but hungry at snack time, I need to create a better plan to help fix this problem. What works for you? Feel free to leave your comments below- helpful, kind and constructive only please! 🙂