I write this post with so much sarcasm I can almost feeling it coming out of my ears. Yet, there is also so much truth behind it. I’m well aware that children need to eat. It would just be nice if mine would eat something that is even halfway decent for them or eat a full meal so they weren’t begging for a snack 10 minutes later. Seriously, the toddler snacking epidemic has to end. It’s an epidemic that is quickly killing off what is left to my parenting sanity.
A few days ago I decided to keep a log of every time Everett (my 3.5 year old) ate / asked for a snack. I wrote down all his ridiculous excuses for not wanting what I gave him and so on.
These were my results:
8:50 AM: (shortly after waking up) I offer him a waffle. He doesn’t want to eat that waffle because his teeth hurt. I assure you his teeth are fine.
9:07 AM: Asks for a pancake instead. I give him the damn pancake.
9:17 AM: Asks for a sucker.
9:32 AM: Asks for watermelon flavored candy. I don’t think he’s ever even had watermelon flavored candy.
9:58 AM: Asks for a snack. I tell him he must eat the pancake. He refuses. I decide to make them some scrambled eggs in hopes of getting them to get some protein.
10:03 AM: Hand him scrambled eggs with a green fork. He asks for the blue fork.
10:05 AM: “Don’t forget I need some milk with my eggs!”
10:25 AM: He’s still at the table slowly eating the eggs.
10:40 AM: He’s finally finished the eggs with his blue fork.
11:05 AM: Asks for another snack.
11:10 AM: Asks again in a very nice tone so I gave him a Nutragrain Bar.
11:30 AM: Comes walking into the room with the pancake I gave him 2.5 hours ago. He’s eating it.
11:50 AM: False Alarm. I find the pancake crumbled into a million pieces on the carpet.
12:25 PM: Asks 4 times for cookies while I’m making lunch.
12:40 PM: Gave them lunch minus the cookies that I was so annoyed with hearing about.
12:50 PM: Doesn’t want to eat his lunch because he “doesn’t like the way the sandwich is cut”
1:30 PM: Finally finishes the entire lunch.
1:30 PM: Asks for another snack.
1:40 PM: “I need a snack because I’m cold.”
2:00 PM: He asked about 6 more times and because I couldn’t handle it anymore, he got an after lunch desert of one cookie.
2:07 PM: “I’m a little hungry.”
2:55 PM: He somehow found another pancake from this morning and was trying to eat it. I took it away since it was as hard as a rock and gave him some applesauce.
3:15 PM: Asks for a snack.
3:23 PM: Asks for a snack.
4:03 PM: He was running around chanting “I need a snack, I need a snack.” I gave him an apple.
6:00 PM: I left for two hours to go grocery shopping. As soon as I returned the hounding of “what food is in the bags?” commences. I put away everything and made dinner.
6:20 PM – 7:00 PM: He’s eating dinner. Complaining he doesn’t like it but eats most of it anyways.
7:20 PM: At this point I just started keeping a tally. From this time till his 8 PM bedtime he asked 12 times.
I swear I’m not starving him. He gets milk through out the entire day and has a cup of water at all times. He’s just constantly wanting a snack regardless of the amount he just ate. I know he’s not hungry because over half the time he won’t even eat snacks if I give them to him. I’m sure I missed somethings during the day but you get the general idea. He just likes to annoy me with constantly asking, or so I’d like to think.
I’m trying for more of a schedule to see if it helps at all. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. We’ll see if it helps to establish more of a “I know it’s time to eat,” type thing. I’m doubtful and feel like we’re too far down the rabbit hole of the toddler snacking epidemic.