While growing up, a common phrase my parents said to me was, “clean your plate”. So, I learned to finish my whole plate of food, every time, at every meal. However, now, as an adult, I continue to feel the need to “clean my plate” whenever food is placed in front of me. Not a good habit.
When kids are young, even in the infancy stage, they innately know how much food is enough for them, and when they are full. Babies who are fed milk (breast milk or formula) know when they are full- they tend pull away when they’ve had enough. Therefore, it is smart to know the signs and cues, early on, when your child is full. This way, good habits are implemented early on.
Allow kids to decide when to stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Help your kids listen to their own bodies and cues when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.