She eats during the day but no matter how we modify her daytime meals, she refuses dinner. Is this normal?!


Posted by kgbrunsden, 3rd June 2014


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  • Ask her if it is because she is not hungry or is it because she doesn’t like the food. My kids had their ups and downs and get sick of the same food very easily . My mother in law used to help us look after the kids when they were young and they didn’t have much choice, so they were hungry if they didn’t eat dinner .



  • Hope you found something that worked – sometimes the kids need dinner earlier as they get too tired to eat in the evening.



  • Having the same issue – I figure if they are hungry they will eat



  • This is a really common problem, and I don’t think there’s a surefire answer. We just kept offering nutritious dinners, and our kids eventually outgrew it.



  • Are you feeding her to late? When kids are tired they don’t want to eat maybe try giving dinner earlier



  • yeah and you could probably start introducing consequence of not eating dinner- like you will get this meal for breakfast or no sweets,

    sometimes children don’t need to eat as much as we adults, think that they should



  • that’s the age and the mood swings. make sure she gets enough to eat over the day and bear it



  • I have the same problem but she does eat a lot through the day



  • I agree with the majority. It is normal.
    If they are getting lots of variety and quantity during the day, then they won’t be nutrient deficient. Encourage them to eat at dinner time too, but reduce the portions.



  • May just be not hungry i ended up.neesing to.swap.the main meal to lunch as by the time dinner time came my kids were to tired to want and sit down and eat so now its finger food for tea



  • Seems to be pretty normal for kids my boy does it and he is very healthy they know when they hungry :)



  • Yes it is, by dinner time they are tired and have been eating all day, try giving her dinner meal at lunchtime when she does eat



  • My daughter is 4 now but from age 3 even now she has issues with eating. She wont eat what the rest of the family eat . I have resorted to leaving fruit platters for her to have during the day if she is hungry she grazes during the day. For dinner i make her a platter of all different things she likes to eat. Mostly olives, ham, cheese, lettuce, capsicum sometimes crackers & yoghurt. I use to get really anxious about her not eating at regular times but i have learnt she will eat when she is hungry . Some kids just dont eat normally – what is normal ?



  • Thanks yes we all eat together or at least sit together. She knows of she wants to be a leader like her fave Elsa she needs to eat well. She does during the day. Its just the night eating. :/



  • Just remember there is no normal for all. Kids are all different so all you have to worry about is whats normal in your house. In my house I would make sure that she sit at the table with the family for dinnertime. That doesnt mean that you have to eat but she would have to sit there and be part of the family.
    As long as she is healthy dont worry too much about her not eating dinner.


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