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My toddler likes to play with her food instead of eating at the table and then complains later on of being hungry. What should I do? 

Not all children eat “on schedule.” If a child doesn’t seem hungry, remove their plate and allow them to draw pictures or do a quiet activity at the table while the rest of the family shares their meal. If she gets hungry later, you can offer a healthy snack or leftovers. 

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia


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