Our daughter is in her first year at school. I pack a fair amount of food in her lunch box – fruit for fruit time, a sandwich or similar and a bento style lunch box with various snacks that I know she’ll eat. Generally pretzels, yoghurt, cheese and jatz, sultanas, zucchini cake with cacao powder or banana pancake, small sweet treat, sometimes a few tee vee snacks, sometimes a homemade chocolate, rice bubble, peanut butter cup I make. She is coming home RAVENOUS! Like hangry to the extreme. She’s also going through a phase of what she will and won’t eat which we are being patient on because usually she used to eat a lot more variety for her main meals. I’m thinking of introducing a few more lunch options in the bento box that I think she might eventually come around to – mini quiche, spaghetti bolognaise slice. I am anticipating these to be essentially wasted but working on the theory of exposure being key and one day she might just give it a go. Anything I’m missing? Her post school snacking is ruining her dinner to the point where she’s snacked so much she doesn’t want anything else! I have tried to give her dinner early but she won’t have a bar of it. She’s not big on salad or raw veg so after school snacks are difficult. Also hates sauce, gravies and dips.

NOTE – I am completely thinking this is a phase and am really looking for suggestions of foods to try as we persist through it.

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  • I think this post is very helpful and full of useful information. So, I’d like to thank you for all the hard work you put into writing this article fnaf

  • Exposure is key, however, they have to be ready for a new change. Her sensory and physical threshold is at breaking point, so it might just cause more issues and work for you right now.

  • Is she maybe sharing her food with someone else? I agree with other comments about setting a limit to the snacks after school and bringing dinner time forward.

  • My friend had a similar issue with her daughter. At this age they are not able to regulate when they are actually hungry to when they think they are hungry. Unless she is underweight, it sounds like you are giving her plenty of food. Could it be a boredom thing? I know it is hard, i watched my friend go through it with her daughter but she had to put her foot down and only allow her one snack after school. There were meltdowns and tears but after a couple of weeks this went away. Have you considered a bit of tough love and seeing if this could improve the feeling of wanting to eat?

  • Maybe increase her protein intake at school. It sounds like she’s already getting a decent amount but offering more could help. Some homemade chicken tenders, your quiche idea would be great. Or maybe a smoothie in the mornings.

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