I'm typing this post at the Captain's bedtime. He's eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I refused to make for him, so Daddy made it. Why did I refuse to make it, you wonder? I made the kid breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, and served him up three snacks between dinner and bedtime….because he was "so hungry." Growth spurt? No, because this happens all the time. For some reason, him putting on his jammies instantly makes his tummy so empty where he thinks he's going to die of hunger. He's had plenty to eat today, and he just inhaled the sandwich, so is it just a bedtime compulsive behavior? I don't think so, because this kid just doesn't eat unless he's hungry. So what's the solution?
I've read a little bit about how we should all become like the French and have three meals a day, make the kid eat what's served him, and have no snacks so they'll actually be hungry between meals. Um, yeah. No. I applaud anyone who can do this, but I'm not going to deprive my kid food to "train" him to only eat three times a day. It's cruel, in my opinion. There are days when I'm hungry between meals so I grab a healthy snack. Then there are days I'm not hungry between meals, so I don't snack. Simple as that. You can't equally plan out your calories and make sure you have enough food on your plate with enough protein and carbs to make sure you're full until X o'clock. Well, I'm sure you could, but that's just nuts.
So really, what's the solution? Do I send my kid to bed hungry to break the habit? Do I offer him something totally unappealing to see if he's really hungry? Do I overload him with food during the day to see if it makes a difference? I'd have to FORCE him to eat at those times, which I'm not really a fan of. I'm just at a loss, so I'm reaching out to all my parents, grandparents, teachers, daycare workers, etc to give me some tips! How do I avoid the bedtime snack? Or is it even worth avoiding? Maybe I should just say "put on your jammies, here's your snack" five minutes before bedtime? (which I always try to serve him a snack an hour before bedtime, which is where the snacks came tonight….but still after those THREE substantial snacks, he's "STARVING" an hour later!!) Hmm…..