to think that this is an appropriate portion size for a 5 year old?

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This was DD's dinner. She is a very healthy weight. My cousin was here with her 4 year old girl, who I gave the same size portion - yet my cousin asked for extra everything for her DD as what I'd put out wasn't 'enough'.

They had ricecakes as an after school snack too.

That wouldn't be anywhere enough for mine at 5! More like a little snack. They're all slim as well, especially my boys and they could eat and eat and eat...

HygieneFreak Fri 06-Jun-14 19:20:18

I would say that was fine with the yogurt and berries included. Without them, the meal is not enough

Busymumto3dc Fri 06-Jun-14 19:21:15

That wouldn't be enough for my 5 year old tbh

fusspot66 Fri 06-Jun-14 19:22:21

My 4 & 7 yr old would have that portion but they are tinyetiny eaters. Rice cakes have hardly any calories. Many healthy kids eat more than that.

Ourma Fri 06-Jun-14 19:22:53

Depends on when she asked for extra? Had her girl eaten all hers before asking for more or at the outset. Looks like a sensible portion to me. Maybe cousins little girl has a big appetite? How is the cousins little girls weight?

Really? DD was full afterwards. Hmm. She has regular weight checks with her diabetes clinic and they've always said she's perfect! I'll have a rethink.

ILiveOnABuildsite Fri 06-Jun-14 19:23:35

Looks fine to me as long as you count the yogurt and berries and assuming that this is her light meal of the day. As in she had a heavier lunch at school, maybe school dinner.

Gruzinkerbell Fri 06-Jun-14 19:24:24

My 2 year old would eat twice that.

Some children just have big appetites.

LoveSardines Fri 06-Jun-14 19:24:51

Mine would be looking for more than that as well TBH.

However I guess it depends on size of other meals and snacks all through the day etc. Maybe yours have bigger breakfasts and lunches and things.

So I think your cousin WNBU to ask for more for her child, but YANBU with your portions if your child/ren are a normal weight and are not saying they're hungry the whole time IYSWIM.

BikeRunSki Fri 06-Jun-14 19:25:01

A light meal, not main meal of the day.

SoonToBeSix Fri 06-Jun-14 19:25:02

It's plenty big enough , if you check how big official children's portions are you would be shocked. We as a society eat too much.

leftangle Fri 06-Jun-14 19:25:07

That would not be enough for my just 5 year old. Not sure why it's a problem though, all children eat different amounts.

Okay Thanks everyone.

Iggly Fri 06-Jun-14 19:25:27

But everyone has different appetites?

If your dd was full and is healthy, fine.

If other children need more, fine.

Don't stress or try and get your dd eating more.

My ds would eat more than that some days but other days eat less.

curiousuze Fri 06-Jun-14 19:26:04

That actually looks ok to me! I just realised it's quiche not pizza, so more filling.

LoveSardines Fri 06-Jun-14 19:26:34

No need to rethink anything if your children are healthy and full though.

Different children have different appetites and different families will eat smaller/larger portions at different meals.

If it aint broke don't fix it, and don't worry smile

shalalalalalalala Fri 06-Jun-14 19:26:40

My 19 month old could pack that away, and the same again for his dinner! But surely it all depends on the individual child so I wouldn't worry.

Iggly Fri 06-Jun-14 19:26:45

Your cousin was rude by the way. I would only have asked for more if ds said he was still hungry and there was more available.

CarCiKoTab Fri 06-Jun-14 19:27:21

My Ds is 6 he would probably just about do it, where as my other Ds 3 would probably eat double, I wouldn't worry.

PrincessBabyCat Fri 06-Jun-14 19:29:32

As long as they weren't hungry afterwards it was enough. A meal is only enough when the child is no longer hungry. If they're still hungry, you need to give them a second helping.

When I was little I ate more than my parents could because I had a high metabolism and was growing.

The real question is, did cousin's 4 year old eat all the extras? If she did, then the answer is no, it wasn't enough.

NeedsAsockamnesty Fri 06-Jun-14 19:30:45

Perfectly acceptable but then loads of people have no idea what a acceptable portion size is.

chubbleigh Fri 06-Jun-14 19:30:54

That would qualify as a appetiser for my lad.

It's a very individual thing.

My stick thin 5 year old son would demolish three times that amount, no exaggeration.

My slightly heavier than ideal 7 year old would eat only a little more than that.

Go figure.

PrincessBabyCat Fri 06-Jun-14 19:32:01

By the way, what is that koala thing? It's adorable! smile

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