My eldest daughter turns five next month and has been, for the past few weeks, a bottomless pit when it comes to food. She is never satisfied, is always begging for more more snacks, and can’t seem to get her mind off of food. She had stayed at the same weight (41 lbs) for the past year but has recently jumped to 44 lbs so I am thinking she’s in the midst of a growth spurt and will soon be sprouting up another couple inches.
I am just wondering how to handle her incessant requests for food. I don’t want her to eat out of boredom, or purely for pleasure. I want her to listen to her body and not feed it past its point of fullness. But I don’t want to deny her food if she is truly hungry.
She adores fruit and vegetables and most of the snacks she consumes are very healthy, but I am not a treat Nazi, so she does have the occasional cookie or ice cream cone. She has a very well-rounded diet and I am so thankful for that. My only concern is that since I was an overweight child and teen, I am scared it might be lurking in her genes. I want to do all I can to help her have a strong, healthy body, but I don’t want to pass any of my food issues on to her, either.
We talk about how important it is to eat healthy foods, to get exercise, to not eat too many treats, to listen to our body, and how it takes a bit of time for the food we eat to get to our tummies and tell us we’re full. I guess that’s all I can do, right?
How do you handle growth spurts? Do you try to keep the food consumed within reason or just let your kids go wild, knowing it’s a phase and will pass?