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to think friend shouldnt offer constant snacks?

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familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 11:43:44

dd1's friend eats constantly, when she plays at his house his mom offers a drink, then a yoghurt, then biscuits, then raisins, then cake, breadsticks etc all within 2 hrs. dd eats some, more than she would at home and then says no im full but her friend eats everything andf asks for more more more all the time. they are 5.
when dds friend plays here i offer drinks, ice lolly in the summer or biscuit now its colder. dds friend spends the whole time asking me for chocolate,cakes and the other snacks he likes. i sometimes give them 1 thing extra or a banana each incase he is hungry but he doesnt like fruit. if i tell him i dont have chocolate/cakes he doesnt believe me.
now friend has started arriving at my house with tons of snacks for them both and im not sure what to think.
aibu to think at my house for a short play session he should just accept the snack i offer and not bring tons with him and munch his way round the house. it makes my dds eat more than i want, which i accept at their house but think she should accept my way at my house, and he makes a constant mess wandering around eating and wont sit down to eat.

part of me thinks its obviously nothing to do with me what he eats and clearly his mom thinks i dont offer enough food?

valiumredhead Fri 21-Sep-12 11:46:28

You are right it's nothing to do with you wink

Just say no to your dc's eating more than you want them to.

eurochick Fri 21-Sep-12 11:46:49

I think a lot of people have forgotten that feeling hungry occasionally is a normal part of life and not an evil that must be avoided at all costs. Almost every time I see a child in a pushchair now, it is cramming something into its face. It wasn't like this even a few years ago. No wonder we have an obesity problem.

kim147 Fri 21-Sep-12 11:48:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Some kids graze...some eat just 3 meals a day

My DS is a grazer, he doesnt like big meals, he likes to eat little and often. As long as the snacks he has are relatively healthy I dont have a problem with it at all.

It isnt anything to do what he concentrate on your kids and let his mum worry about him.

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 11:56:27

no i dont mind what he eats really, just thought that maybe when at our house for a couple of hrs its a bit unnecessary to bring chocloate, cakes, breadsticks, surely no kids need to eat that much all the time and could last a few hrs between meals with a biscuit?
my other friend only offers her daughter water, so when dd plays there she drinks water, i wouldn dream of sending dd with juice drinks for them both as dd knows to accept what she is offered.

valiumredhead Fri 21-Sep-12 11:57:19

He might not have regular meals though - his grazing might be his equivalent of meals.

VinegarTits Fri 21-Sep-12 11:57:39

my ds is a grazer too, i often bring snacks when we visit friends as he constantly asks for food, he also eats his main meals with no problem, every child is different i think YABabitU

steppemum Fri 21-Sep-12 11:57:46

One of ds friends is like this and he is very overweight.
You could just send bag back uneaten??

VinegarTits Fri 21-Sep-12 12:01:12

she probably sends the snacks so he is not constantly asking you for something

valiumredhead Fri 21-Sep-12 12:03:04

Quite vinegar

SparkyTGD Fri 21-Sep-12 12:03:28

My DS eats loads, must have a high metabolism because he's quite skinny. He sometimes comes back from friends houses hungry. He will eat lots of snacks and all his meals most days.

Although wouldn't be happy with the wandering around eating, maybe have a 'we eat at the table' rule. And asking for chocs/cakes is rude.

Also with my DS, if he has a friend round I'll put a stop to the snacking at some point by telling them 'no more snacks, time to play'.

I also find my DS asks for snacks when he is bored....when he is busy busy he doesnt ask half as much!

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:05:21

grazing would be healthy ish food though wouldnt it? not cakes and chocolates?
i cant send it back uneaten as he nags for it non stop and doesnt play just eats and eats till its gone.
i know iabu really, but i wish they could just play instead of eat a massive goody bag full of stuff, then dd2 wants to share and it causes a fuss when they could be having fun.

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:07:58

vinegar, yes shes sending them so he doesnt pester me for them and sending some for dd too. he must tell her he asked for chocolate and i said we had none, which was true.
maybe some kids do eat a lot more than mine, i have never realised, i have offered him fruit or toast before but he doesnt like it.

valiumredhead Fri 21-Sep-12 12:08:15

If she is sending choc etc you could say to the mum that you are a bit worried about dd's teeth as she has had a dentist appt recently and you have to watch her sugar intake so you don't want to offer sweet stuff.

To be fair, despite the fact that DS snacks at home, I dont expect him to snack round others and wouldnt expect his friends parents to subsidise it. No I dont let him snack on cakes and chocolate although there might be the odd treat in there. I always offer a choice so say if he wants something in the evening I will say he can have either an apple, yoghurt, toast or cereal and thats it.......

Maybe give the bag back to his mum and tell her that you would rather not offer him that stuff with your kids about as it causes trouble but you are happy for him to have some fruit or something.....I am sure she wouldnt mind if she is reasonable.

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:09:20

betty, yes kids eat more when bored but he hasnt had time to get bored, he walks in and opens his bag and starts eating. when we meet at the park the other kids run off to play but he site on the bench and eats. food is definitley his priority.

MarysBeard Fri 21-Sep-12 12:10:08

My kids snack and eat their meals, have normal BMIs, teeth are fine, and they are very active. I've noticed that now DD1 is 7 she has a bigger appetite at meal times, and eats bigger portions now (same as me) so needs less snacks.

I would just have a word with his mum about the snack situation to come to some compromise, if the visits are regular.

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:11:50

my kids eat treats sometimes too, but we dont always have them in, and they know when enough is enough, he cant seem to stop which is strange.

Chandon Fri 21-Sep-12 12:13:28

I only allow kids (of all ages) to eat in the kitchen at the kitchen table.

Why can't you have a rule like that?

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:13:46

im scared to invite him for dinner, what will he bring grin
its not too regular, i can deal with it i suppose, dd eats different things at different houses and is fine with that, just strange that its happening at my house i think.

It does seem odd and a bit sad really if food is his priority. I wonder if that is how they discipline him at know, tidy your room and you can have a treat, that sort of thing.

Oh well, just make sure when he comes to you its not an issue for you and your kids and apart from that just let them get on with it.

familyfun Fri 21-Sep-12 12:15:46

she does reward him with sweets, but then dd1 will have a treat on a friday in her lunchbox, but she doesnt beg for them all week and would never ask another mom for treats.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Fri 21-Sep-12 12:17:10

Sounds really annoying. I wouldn't be happy with my dd snacking constantly - ok if it is in their house, but it's irritating that the mother is pretty much forcing you to do the same thing in your house.

Seems a shame, but maybe cut back on playdates? Or politely ask the mother to not send food and just put up with child whinging at your inferior snacks?! But she might well take it badly.

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