Parents can be quite strict when it comes to food, dictating what we let our children eat and when they are allowed to eat. We can worry that they are eating too much or eating the wrong food, and of course we don’t want them to be full at mealtimes.
Controlling What Your Child Eats
Parents have to be careful that they aren’t too controlling otherwise our children may binge eat when they are not with us or hide food from us. We also do not want to starve children by withholding food. Children can be ravenous when they come out of school because they ate lunch really early or they were incredibly active during the day. They need to be fed. If not, they will have low mood and be grumpy. This especially applies when they are going straight from school to an activity which requires them to concentrate. Providing a simple healthy snack can change their mood quickly and they will be more pleasant to be around. In fact, you could ask your child what they want to snack on as they may crave something that their body needs.
We need to consider what they have been doing at school all day and that they are growing. Children need food to sustain that growth and therefore we need to make sure we are well equipped with some kind of filling food at the school gate. It is okay to allow them to eat when hungry. Children have high calorific needs and small tummies so snacking is unavoidable. Let them eat!