Q: My son never eats all the food I give him. How do I know if he's just full, or if I'm giving him too much?
JS: Eating about a fistful of food is a typical meal for a hungry toddler. Toddlers are busy and active, and for many, sitting at the table eating is an activity that is difficult to sustain after they have eased their hunger.
Giving children heaping platefuls of food is overwhelming for them. You can let them feel a sense of accomplishment by finishing small portions and then asking for "more, please!" At my house, I give them tiny portions and watch as their eyes light up with excitement as they refill their own plates.
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Published on January 15, 2006