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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Picky eaters and late risers (Parenting Q & A)

I don’t think that this is a problem is confined to just my family but my older one is a picky eater and a late riser. She can go without eating for the whole day and doesn’t feel hungry. My wife tries everything that she possibly can to get her to eat but gets frustrated when she doesn’t succeed. About getting her out of the bed, it takes lot of prompting to get her out but it is not as bad as picky eating.

We attribute part of this problem to her getting used to American foods as a child at the day care in the US. She loves Pizzas, hotdogs, and French fries etc but fortunately we don’t get those in our small town. I was wondering if there’s anyone out there with creative solutions to solve the picky eating and late rising habits of our children.

Please write your comments in the comments section and if you feel not to be identified, feel free to use anonymous option.

Ruby

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ruby,

When you are waking your daughter up in the morning make sure that the bright sunlight is shining in her window.
Make morning exciting for her. Maybe have her help with making breakfast or setting the breakfast dishes out. It will help her to feel more grown up and give her a fun purpose to be up. Maybe some new hair ribbons for when she gets dressed.
Getting up earlier should help her to get to bed earlier at night. Maybe give her a bedtime story each night to look forward to, just be prepared to read the same book over and over again, because kids find one they like and love to hear it multiple times. You may need to limit it to 2x a night. Make a whole bedtime routine that she can look forward to also.
Keep in mind that some people just aren't morning people though. It's ok too, some people need to work at night when they are grown ups, right? Maybe she will be a doctor in an emergency room!

As for the eating, young kids do go through phases where it seems they will never eat again, but they do. Soon she may hit a growing spurt where she will eat at lot. I have heard that kids will never starve themselves. But, in the meantime, don't give in if she only wants sweets. Make meal times pleasant and eat together as a family, if you aren't already. Let her help with setting the table and preparing a part of the food so she has more in stake for the meal. If she helps with it she may have more interest in eating it. Let her occasionally choose some part of the meal that she has as a favorite.
Hope this helps some.

Ruby said...

Thank you for these suggestions. I can already see some of these ideas being implemented in our house.

Ruby