Children sometimes use food for reasons other than hunger to satisfy themselves. These reasons may be in response to their emotions or feelings. Many things can trigger hunger such as:
One way to keep your child from eating out of boredom is to steer them towards activities that keep them busy. Also make sure your child eats three well-balanced meals and one snack each day.
A few things to do instead of eating would be:
- walk the dog
- walk around the neighborhood
- kicking a ball around
- painting a picture
- running through sprinklers