A. The most common reason to be in a situation like this is because she knows that she will get sometimes to eat later. While she shouldn't be forced to eat, she should learn that her main meal in the evening will be served at dinner time.
Some other things that you might do to help deal with your picky eater include:
- make sure that she isn't eating a big snack after school or filling up on juice, soda, or even milk before dinner.
- offer her smaller portions so that there isn't as much left over on her plate.
- don't offer bribes or rewards for eating.
- not talking about dieting, calories, and such, especially if she or other family members have problems with being overweight. Instead, talk about eating healthy.
- consider not offering her anything else to eat if she misses dinner or just offer a small, healthy snack.
- don't let your concerns about her eating become a power struggle.
- set a good example by eating a variety of foods.
- encourage your child to get involved in planning and preparing meals
Child Nutrition Books
- AAP Guide to your Child's Nutrition - Making Peace at the Table and Building Healthy Eating Habits for Life
- Coping With A Picky Eater
- The Yale Guide to Children's Nutrition
- The Family Nutrition Book - Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children - From Birth through Adolescence
- Poor Eaters - Helping Children Who Refuse to Eat