3 year old won't eat - FamilyEducation
3 year old won't eat
11/23/2011 at 10:45 AM

Help! My 3 year old daughter won't eat. I fix her what she says she would like and she won't eat. My parents just say oh well, but it agrivates me a lot. She always gets away with not eating and I'm sick of it. I can't stand it! I want her to eat but I don't know how. Any ideas???

i'm in the same boat with Alexander, i found that if you put it in front and them them eat it or don't. then walk away. it works if she doesn't eat if no snack and she doesn't get anything until the next meal. at one point Alex refused to eat anything (even pizza what kid doesn't want pizza?) but now he is starting to get it. yesterday at lunch all he ate was the fruit and veg and would not touch the sandwich, but by supper he ate it all. they wont starve themselves i know how frustrating it is i am in the same place. hope this helps even just knowing someone else in in the same spot. :)
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So just put the food in front of her and leave it there? The only thing is her grandparents give her sweets behind my back even though she doesnt eat her meals. So its extra frustrating.
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Talk to her grandparents about helping her have an appetite by letting her have an hour before meal time without extra food. Apart from that, the more it bothers you, the bigger the problem will be for her. It's very hard, but relax. When you are finished eating, clear away her place, too. Make sure she gets enough to eat, even if it means a snack halfway between lunchtime and dinnertime. If kids go hungry for too long, they stop being hungry.
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Ok. I will try that. Talking to my parents gets me now where fast. They refuse to listen and then come after me verbally about my parenting skills being bad in front of her. And then they wonder why she doesnt listen to me. The only way she will listen to me is when I get out of this house! But unfortunately I am still looking for a place thankfully I am getting help from section 8 since I lost my job in may for taking care of my child when she was sick. So I am stuck home with my parents and I get no respect from them and my child sees this so she decided to not listen to me either. I am stuck in Hell and I dont know how to cope!
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If your parents do not get on the same page with you, your child will not listen much. See if your parents will meet you half way and try something for a week together to see if it will work. Maybe ask your parents if you could each take turns fixing meals for the family and together hold off on snacks before dinner time. By the way, will your child eat what the grandparents fix for her? If your child won't eat what the grandparents make either, then maybe they will work with you for "their" grandchild's sake. If she does eat when the grandparents fix a meal, then the food issue has a lot to do with the "split" between the parents and you. In my book (Your child is defiant), I have a chapter about how divisions between the parental figures can cause defiance in children. Hope this helps, Drdave
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My child doesnt eat no matter who cooks. This week she is getting better with eating and worse with her overall attitude. She always says no, she wont do as she is told. If I( her mother) tell her no or if I give her an answer she doesnt like, she goes running to my parents (her grandparents). Like a tattle tale. I dont know how to deal with this! I tell my parents to listen to me and for my daughters sake allow me to be the parent since I am her mother. They always say they do, but they dont. They put me down in front of her. Then as a result, she doesnt listen to me at all.
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See if your parents would be willing to come with you so all of you could learn some techniques to help your daughter. If they will, find a therapist or a parenting class. If they won't, work with a social worker to help you move out. This is a bad situation for your daughter.
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Luckily, I am already working on a way to get out. I have section 8 housing on my side. Right now I am looking for a place for myself and my child. Ihope to be out soon. It is too stressfull and it is not good for my daughter to see and hear everything that goes on.
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Hi there, Kids sure do have a way of trying a mom's patience, don't they? We can't force them to eat, but like the others have said, there are ways that you can help them to be hungry - kids do eventually tend to eat what their bodies need. It seems like there's more to it than this though.I can tell you're trying your best to be consistent with daughter. I also sense that you're feeling undermined by your parents. Yours is a very challenging situation, to be sure. Do you think your parents might be open to some outside advice? Or maybe willing to read a parenting book? I work with Focus on the Family and if you'd like to talk to someone, you can call this help line: 855/771-4357 - and it's free. One of my favorite authors of parenting materials is Kevin Leman. He's written many books, and the one called Making Children Mind without Losing Yours might be a good place to start. Maybe your parents would be willing to read this along with you. Hang in there!
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No my parents won't go to a class or anything, they think that it is my fault that my daughter is the way she is. At this moment luckily it seems like everything is settled down and doing ok. Yes there are some fights and struggles which still do get bad, but things seem to be at peace. I think things will improve as soon as I move out which will be soon I hope! I want to thank everyone for their ideas and support.
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They will eat when they are hungry. Force feeding leads to obisity. Don't snack between meals and let them wair for the next. I garentee they will eat.
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Oh! my gosh...Same as me I don't know what to do to make her eat my food or any food. Last week she eat absolutely nothing else just plain rice, and the week before she just ate Mac-cheese. I am Asian and my whole family never have any problem about feeding child. I felt so terrible sometime when she not eat but now i know having some family have problem like me. Thank you for your posted.
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You are welcome, she is doing better now since I started my diet. I eat no junk at all. Nothing but water, no sweets, no bread, no rice. I have lost 25 lbs! I feel better and she enjoys the triscuits, and wheat thins with me! She also eats tuna fish with me! She is eating better now thank goodness! So keep trying different things. Try fruit and stuff. Like carrots with ranch sauce. Or Apples without the skin. Try yogart. Some things she may like that she doesnt know of yet. Try letting her help make the meals. I find that when my daughter helps she eats better. Funny how that works! I wish you luck! Let me know if any of this works! By the way if she wont eat after she helps make it and she had a lot of fun making it, tell her that she cannot help anymore if she doesnt eat!
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