I guess it depends on what time we eat dinner. If it's 5:00 - 5:30, they might get something like a banana or yogurt or a graham cracker and milk. If we eat later (which is rare) then they are offered grapes or apple slices.
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my daughter stays at my moms quite a bit (she's very attached to her grandma) so when she is there she tends to have ice cream or an icream sandwich. but when she is home with me, she only gets a serving size of whole grain chips and a little salsa or friut. LOL! that's probably why she loves her grandma! my mother has agreed to work with me on this though so it should be rather interesting when grandma stops buying the ice cream!
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I allow bedtime snacks for my kids. If they are hungry, they usually have a piece of fruit or a bowl of multi- grain cheerios. At the ages of 8 and 12, their nutritional needs are different than an adults, and if they are asking for a snack, I feel that their bodies need it.
We don't have bedtime snacks. We usually eat at 6 and the kids go to bed by 8. I don't think they need a snack in that short of time. If they're hungry because we ate early for some reason, I wouldn't say no.
My children usually have a snack between the time I pick them up after work and dinner. We don't eat dinner until 7:30 most nights.
I rarely forbid snacking. I have absolutely refused for food to be an issue in my house. So far, my children's eating is guided more by hunger than by my preconceived notions of when, what, and how much they should eat. Since there is so rarely junk food in the house, I don't fret about some peanut butter toast or yogurt before bed.
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Fitness Minutes: (8,358) Posts: 7,385 9/27/07 11:26 A
I asked the same type of question you did. I allow my kids to snack. But I am lucky - they don't ask for candy or cookies. They usually ask for yogurt, salami, cheese, peanuts, apples, applesauce or crackers. Of course sometimes they do ask for popsicles and on rare occasions we let them have one if we have them in the freezer.
If they are active children, let them have that small healthy snack. If they metabolize quickly, let them.
We don't do juice much around here and the kiddos drink lots of water. So the more you can get them to drink the better. It does fill them up!
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Fitness Minutes: (8,488) Posts: 1,838 9/26/07 1:59 P
My kids tend to not eat a very big dinner, only because they do not like the "healthy" (as my son puts it) food I cook. They only eat the minimum I require. But almost garaunteed 30 min later they ask for a snack. They do not get a snack-but the leftovers from dinner. When they won't eat that, that's how I know they aren't really hungry, just wanting something "junky" (as my son puts it again). That may not be the case in your faimly, but I thought I would throw in my 2 cents :)
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Fitness Minutes: (11,424) Posts: 1,738 9/16/07 11:09 P
Thanks, ladies, for the comments. I'm realizing that the kids are NOT getting enough water, so I'm going to work with that first. One problem I have with my son (11) is that he is allergic to several fruits and some raw veggies. So, apples and carrots are out of the question for him. Just makes it a little more difficult.
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We usually eat dinner a little later than you do, but if I give my daughter dinner between 5-6, she asks "Is this my dinner?" - translation: will I get anymore food after this? She will get hungry again around 8. In that case I let her have something easy - I suggest fruit but that's not what she tends to want. I try to fill in or balance the other stuff she's had. But it often ends up being some kind of bread product. In our case though, getting enough calories is more the issue than getting too many. My daughter has really good eating habits and a limited diet (vegan).
I think this is a great time for warm soymilk, chocolate milk, tea w/milk, or chammomile/mint herbal tea to have a soothing effect and provide some extra calories and nutrients.
If you want to wean your child off of the bedtime snack routine, try tea or a warm drink before bed, or even a serving of soup.
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It depends. Once a week, my older son has karate lessons in the evening after dinner, and on those nights, he works up another appetite doing that! Mostly, though, when he wants a snack, he eats some yogurt and is satisfied with it.
The rule in my house is: if you want something to eat after dinner it HAS to be either apples, grapes, or carrots. Knowing that, they usually try to eat a good dinner! But they really like apples for snack so at least I am ensuring they are getting some kind of fruit in for the day.
How old are your kids? When my kids were little we always had a bedtime snack. Then at some point they quit asking. I would say they wanted one up to age 5 or so. Now they don't even ask. Neither of my kids are overweight now because of it but maybe they have a high metabolism. I would say if they are hungry let them have something but insist that it is healthy..whole grain, maybe even popcorn. Be sure they eat it with a big glass of water so they get full (or have them drink the water first). The rule in our house now is "if you want to eat something healthy (fruits, veggies, cheese yogurt, etc), help yourself. If you want something unhealthy (chips, dessert) you have to ask permission". Good luck!
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I don't allow for this although I know that for some it works. We eat later though usually around 6:30 and bedtime is between 8-8:30 and 1/2 hour in bed to read (my 2 are 10&12). We never really even had bedtime bottles or milks after they were around 2yrs so it is just something that has always been. I think you need to look at some of the articles discouraging late eating even for adults and the type of habits you want forming. That said, maybe more filling dinners, and you really have to do what works for you in your household. Each child is a unique person with diff needs
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Fitness Minutes: (11,424) Posts: 1,738 9/15/07 11:52 P
And if so, what? We have dinner around 5:30-6:00 and they go to bed around 9. They usually want a snack before they go to bed. I generally don't let them have anything with a lot of sugar unless we have a special dessert of some kind. I don't buy ice cream or chips anymore. Should they be having a snack right before bedtime? I'm out of ideas for bedtime snacks. They usually have already had plenty of fruit for the day and they won't eat veggies and dip type stuff.
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