Are your kids really hungry when they ask for a snack or are they just bored? Here are three tips to tell when your kids really or hungry – or just bored!
I sometimes feel like a short order cook. As soon as a meal is done and cleaned up, a kid will ask for something to eat. It drives me crazy! I've noticed since my daughter is gone all day at school that my son in particular will ask for food constantly. I started to wonder if he was really hungry – or just bored.
Tip 1: Offer Water: The first thing I tell my kids when they want a snack is to drink some water. I want to make sure they aren't just thirsty. We own about a gazillion water bottles. The five above are just the few within arms reach when I wanted to take a photo! I give my kids water to make sure they aren't just thirsty and truly are hungry. I would say 99% of the time, they are happy after a drink of water.
Tip 2: Offer a balanced snack: Most of the time my kids want to eat something I don't really want them to have when they claim to be hungry. So instead, I give them a few choices of snacks that I'm OK with. This usually consists of something like carrot sticks, a piece of fruit or a bowl of Kellogg's cereal. If they take my snack, I know they are truly hungry and not just bored.
Tip 3: Get active! One of my goals for 2014 is to be more active with my kids. So when they complain of being hungry, I encourage them to go outside and play or get out a deck of cards or a board game and play a round. I like to see if a distraction helps them “forget” they are hungry! After some time of playing if they are are still hungry, we'll find something to eat – or something else to do!
These tips work great for adults, too! Make sure to check out more Great Start Tips!
What tips do you have to tell if your kids (or you!) are hungry or bored?
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