Recently, the lovely Not Mary P wrote a post about snacking, and how in her professional opinion kids do entirely too much of it.
Not just unhealthy snacks – snacks of any kind. Twice-daily snacks, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Snacks in the car, in the stroller, in the high chair before dinner.
It’s her opinion that all this snacking means that children are never actually allowed to get hungry, even for a little while. Makes sense to me.
So I decided to try the experiment here, with my gang.
It’s been a week now and I am gobsmacked at the results.
- the kids didn’t whine for snack after the first day
- on the rare occasions when they do ask, I just say “well, you’ll be nicely ready for lunch!” and they agree!
- no one mentions feeling hungry until maybe 30 minutes before lunch, and even then, they’re barely peckish
- the babies are napping better
- they are pooping on a more predictable schedule (well, except Louis, natch)
And my absolute favourite results:
- I can’t speak to the other kids, but my own are eating their dinner much better than they used to
- everyone is eating their lunch with a minimum of fuss & complaining, and no cajoling at all.
I won’t go on and on about it – Mary said it all first, and said it best. But I can report that at least in our house, we are going to keep on with the no-snack regime, by and large. Certainly it will not be a scheduled part of every day, anymore.
Ironically, as I was writing this post, it was a preschool day for Ron. He’s there from 9AM – noon. They have a snack provided by parents in turn every day at 10:45 – or, to put it another way, only an hour and a bit before lunch. Today they had shortbread cookies, apple juice, Bits ‘N Bites, and dried cranberries.
How much do you want to bet most of the kids didn’t eat lunch when they got home?