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Is this a decent portion for a 5/6 boy?

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Ihatethedailymail1 Tue 21-Feb-17 17:40:56

My ds, just turned 6 seems to think he should be getting more than this for dinner. I think it is probably too much already and certainly won't mind if he doesn't eat it all, though he may well do.

Am I right? What would your similar aged child eat?

Ds is about to turn 5 and that's about what I'd give him. DP gives him huge portions but he never finishes its not needed. If he's still hungry he can have fruit/yoghurt for pudding or toast/cereal for supper.

CwtchMeQuick Tue 21-Feb-17 17:49:26

DS is coming up to 5 and would have a similar sized portion of what is on the plate but would have more veg or salad. Either a big spoonful of veg or cucumber with the tomatoes. He doesn't always finish it all but sometimes does.

Westfacing Tue 21-Feb-17 17:50:25

It looks quite meagre to me, but I don't know the child - does he eat it all up?

Surely if he thinks he should have more, and he eats it, then you should give him more!

cwtch I'd have more salad/veg too but probably less potatoes - I can't get ds interested in potatoes other than mash so if anyone has any ideas to make them interesting for him I'd appreciate it.

Wannabehermit Tue 21-Feb-17 17:56:19

That's about what my 5 year old would eat, on average. Someday he's a bottom less pit though...

SweepTheHalls Tue 21-Feb-17 17:57:00

Might even would riot either that for dinner! Needs a decent helping of peas and baked beans grin

SaorAlbaGuBrath Tue 21-Feb-17 17:57:40

I think it looks less because it's on a big plate. If it was on a kid sized plate it would look fuller. Looks fine to me.

InTheDessert Tue 21-Feb-17 18:07:17

Mine would eat less potato (but similar amounts if rice or pasta) and I'd put more veg on the plate.
But my 7 year old can out eat me at some meals (and is slender, by chance he wanted weighing and measuring last night,and is 30th centile).

pianomadness Tue 21-Feb-17 18:09:17

6 year old ds here would eat the same fish fingers and potato but would have more veg - portion of peas and sweetcorn or baked beans or broccoli and carrots etc.

SecretNutellaFix Tue 21-Feb-17 18:11:17

I'd say maybe some more veg- sweetcorn or cucumber

Getnakedorgohome Tue 21-Feb-17 18:11:51

My 4.5 yo would eat 3 fish fingers, but only a couple of potatoes and then likes to have peas or baked beans. The tomatoes would be wolfed down while waiting. I try and put several different things on her plate but in small portions. For example, tonight she has had a small piece of chicken, a few pieces of cooked carrot, a few slices of leek, some frozen peas and a slice of bread (for mopping up the gravy). She likes lots of little tastes and it seems to satisfy her appetite better than a larger portion of fewer things.

TisapityshesaGeordie Tue 21-Feb-17 19:37:38

My 5 yo DD had a similar sized portion tonight. She gave half the fish fingers to her little brother, ate most of the veg and about half the potatoes.

I wouldn't bother putting more than that on her plate, it wouldn't get eaten.

Yellowmono Tue 21-Feb-17 19:42:20

It's about what I would give my six year old and he'd eat it all and ask for pudding.

Purplebluebird Tue 21-Feb-17 19:49:36

I would just add more veg and it's fine smile

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 21-Feb-17 19:53:18

My 4 and 3/4 year old would eat slightly less potatoes but more veg alongside, maybe peas/carrots/broccoli/green beans. He is the height and size of an average 5-6 year old though. If he was still hungry after eating everything I'd give him some more though, or offer fruit for pudding.

NoCapes Tue 21-Feb-17 19:54:27

Its a bit of an odd meal, but probably about right size wise, although I'd offer more veg

measles64 Tue 21-Feb-17 19:58:56

I would add more veg. mine would not eat that much potato but they loved sweetcorn or baked beans.

ScarlettFreestone Tue 21-Feb-17 20:04:27

At 5 both my DD and DS wouldn't have eaten all the potatoes but would have wanted considerably more vegetables. 3 fish fingers is about right.

RatOnnaStick Tue 21-Feb-17 20:09:12

My 6yr old would eat that with less potatoes and more veg but it's broadly similar amounts of food. The 4yr old would only eat one fishfinger but double the potato and veg if I let him. Neither would consider the tomato edible.

MrsKCastle Tue 21-Feb-17 20:10:25

My 5 year old wouldn't eat the potatoes, but she'd have the same portion of fish fingers and tomatoes, with some baked beans and a bit more veg.

irregularegular Tue 21-Feb-17 20:11:13

Unless there were some underlying issues, I would always give a child more food at dinner if they said they wanted it and always ate it. Why are you rationing him?

AndNowItsSeven Tue 21-Feb-17 20:12:29

I would give some peas but less potatoes and probably only two fishfingers.

queenc81 Tue 21-Feb-17 20:13:34

My eldest is 6. He would not eat all those potatoes and would want a lot more veg.

ILoveDolly Tue 21-Feb-17 20:21:01

My 7 year old who is not a great eater and my 5 year old when he is hungry would eat 2 fish fingers, about 4 potato that size and the tomatoes. Plus a yoghurt or fruit. They might ask for a third finger if very hungry. They'd probably manage extra veg.
So I'd say that the portion size is appropriate. If he's still hungry give extra veg not extra potato

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