Why Your Child is Hungry All the Time
By Sara Butler
"I'm hungry!" That's a familiar refrain for any parent! As a parent, you are probably concerned with what your child eats and when. Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to get them to eat but other times it seems as if all they want to do is eat you out of house and home. Why does your child always seem hungry? Here are a few reasons why.
Food is Comforting
Emotion eating isn't only the territory for adults because kids can do it too. A child who says they're hungry all the time may be turning to food to comfort them when they're upset, stressed out, or anxious.
If you suspect your child is eating their emotions, then don't get too concerned right off the bat. It's natural on some level to comfort yourself with food, it really only becomes a problem when it becomes the only way they deal with how they're feeling. Talk to your kids about how they're feeling when they tell you they're hungry. Suggest some alternatives to eating that are healthier such as taking a walk or playing a game.
Growth spurts happen and when they do your child may just resemble a human food compactor. When a child goes through a growth spurt they need more calories, which makes them really hungry almost all the time. This makes it even more critical that you have healthy foods and snacks on hand for them so they can eat you out of house and home in a healthy way.
When this happens, feed your kids meals on your normal schedule, but perhaps offer them some extra snacks and let them regulate their intake.
They Don't Get the Foods They Enjoy
If your child isn't digging on what you're serving at meal times, then, of course, they're going to be hungry between meals. This doesn't mean you need to be a short order cook and give your children the foods they like on demand at meal times, but you should try to find a good balance between what you serve and what they like.
When you're planning your meals for the week, try to think of at least a couple of things you know your child will like. You may even want to get your kids involved in the planning and preparation of meals. That can help encourage them to try new things.
When your child says they're hungry, try to figure out why. Then work to help them be happy and healthy.
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