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What to do when your child doesn't eat dinner

Disclosure: I am happy to bring you this sponsored post today, thanks to Alberta Milk. All thoughts are my own!

"What should I do if my child doesn't eat dinner?" As a dietitian working with young families, this is a very common question.

Should you be worried that your child isn't eating enough? Bribe him with dessert, so he finishes dinner? And should you still give her a bedtime snack if  she doesn't eat dinner? I'll answer all of those questions for you here!

Why don't kids eat dinner?

First of all, know that you're not alone if your child often doesn't eat dinner. Dinner is the most challenging meal of the day for most young children, for a few reasons:

  • They're tired by the end of the day.
  • Your child is excited to be home after daycare or school. Or because mom or dad are home from work!
  • Your child is not hungry, because they're full of snacks.
  • Or maybe they're not hungry because they have eaten enough during breakfast and lunch for their little body!

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6 Tips to Make Family Mealtimes Easier

If there was something easy that you could do to provide your children with a more nutritious diet, lower their chances of developing an eating disorder and decrease their risk that they will be involved in violence or drug abuse, would you? Of course! And what is this "easy thing?" Eating together as a family!

Sure, it sounds easy. But throw in odd work schedules, kids activities every night of the week and teens that would rather hang out with their friends and it becomes more challenging!

Here are a few tips to make a family meal routine work for you, at least a few times per week:

  1. It doesn't have to be dinner! You can have breakfast or lunch together, if that fits with your schedule best.
  2. It doesn't have to be at home, or around the kitchen table. If you're off to watch a kids baseball game, you can bring sandwiches or food in thermoses & throw down a picnic blanket.
  3. Make meals distraction-free. I'm as addicted to my phone as anymore (maybe more-so!). But still have a hard...
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