What do you think of this article? I am def guilty of "oversnacking" my child, but thankfully my child is not a picky eater at all. Are you guilty of this? Is your child a picky eater? Do you agree with the article? discuss
I agree and disagree with the article. There is nothing wrong with children grazing throughout the day rather than eating 3 meals. Its actually better for the blood sugar so that it stays level rather than shooting up and down. They should be grazing on healthy options, not a bunch of junk.
ETA: And I've also had to email my daughter's teacher about this. Sera is sent home with lollipops and whenever I ask her about her snack for the day, its junk. Pudding, cheetos, kool aid. She received a calendar every month letting the parents know what to bring in for the class. Its never anything healthy. Its always chips, pop tarts, etc. :roll:
I didn't read the whole article (so sorry!) But I don't agree with the whole 3 square meals a day. The thing it, building up an appetite is not that good for you, because you tend to overeat, because you stuff your face faster than your stomach signals to your brain that your full. That and the 'finishing your plate of food' culture is ridiculous. You shouldn't teach or be taught that you have to finish your plate, because that leads to overeating. Finish your plate, finish that bag of chips, finish that row of cookies, finish the bottle of juice/soda/whatever. I think everyone, especially children, are better off with something more like 5-6 meals a day. I make a big breakfast for everyone because I do regard it as the most important meal of the day. Usually eggs, pancakes/french toast, cheese/yogurt, and a fruit. Then a mid-morning snack, usually fresh fruit or yogurt or a small sandwich. Then a big lunch. Almost always leftover from yesterday's dinner, so soup and rice, or a cold chicken sandwich on flatbread with lettuce and tomato and cucumber. Then a mid-afternoon snack, this varies. Sometimes fruit, sometimes yogurt, sometimes hummus or a grilled cheese sandwich or french fries. Then dinner which is whatever's on my menu. Sometimes (rarely) we'll have a sweet dessert like a fruit tart, lemon meringue pie or baklava or something like that. Usually though we eat biscuits (not severely sweetened cookies) with tea and fruit (grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe) after that before bed.
I never force my kid to eat if she's legitimately not hungry. Food is always available to her to eat when she is, but I don't support her overeating. I always put really small portions on our plates as well, and when that's finished, if someone asks for more, I serve it. I don't like my family sitting and gorging ourselves in one meal.