Trusting Your Child's Ability to Self-Regulate
Often I hear parents stories of meals where they become desperate to get their kids to eat that they start offering all sorts of items to the child to get them to eat anything.
As a parent you want the best for your child and you want to make sure your child is healthy and growing properly. You may be worried that if your child does not eat at the given meal, it means they will wake in the middle of the night hungry or early the next morning. I have been there many times when my son was younger, as he often does not eat dinner. I have come to terms that he eats more during the day, and is often hungry at 4pm, so eats a lot at snack time, but is not a big dinner eater.
As a parent, it is often difficult to believe that your child is able to regulate their intake. I think many parents have difficulties believing this as they do not feel they have that ability. The reality is everyone did when they were born. We tend to lose the ability due to the experiences we have had and what we learned growing up. It is important to try to foster this ability in our children, so they learn to have positive eating behaviours and relationships with food.
If you find yourself desperate at meals, what is your worry that makes you anxious? I’d love to hear what your concerns are.