Snacks: Do you cut your kids off?

Audrey is (and always has been) a grazer. She loves to eat small meals ALL DAY LONG. My husband recently suggested we start cutting her off from her small snack-like "meals" so that she will actually eat regular meals with us. Part of me thinks it's a great idea... but the other half of me is thinking she's still so little that I don't want to limit her food. She's completely fine with eating only healthy options, she just prefers to eat every couple hours instead of eating 3 solid meals.

What do you think?? Moms with older kids, I'm especially looking for your advice - have any of you cut off snacks for your kids and told them they could only eat at mealtime?

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
    06/24/14
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    06/24/14
    Beth
    That's a great idea! Maybe we should try that, it seems like a good compromise.
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      06/24/14
      Brittany
      her wanting to eat small meals throughout the day is perfectly fine I think.... as long as the snacks are healthy , not like if she's having chips candy etc. My oldest is 4 and I have always had problems with him eating but, my mistake was allowing him to eat junk because I started thinking as long as he is eating but, I recently cut all of the junk out of everyday save it more for like Friday night and even then its maybe some ice cream or something of that sort.... but, that's my belief because now he is eating his meals but that's all he will eat. My daughter how ever likes to eat throughout the day and she eats her meals as well but her snacking is some days alot of fruit and others she likes veggies. I keep small portions in self serve bowls on a low shelf so she can pick and I think things like that are perfectly fine.... in my opinion
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        06/24/14
        I hate to say it but my kid eats pretty much all day and then eats full meals as well. But he gets so grumpy if he gets hungry. He's also very high energy move almost non stop so he is constantly burning it off...then wanting more to eat.
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          06/24/14
          This is a fine line to balance, I have found. I don't mind snacking but you have to think of when it is excessive snacking. Like when my son comes home from school he is starving so he gets a snack. I make dinner early-ish, around 5. At bedtime he is ready for another small snack. In between those times I try to asses if he is really hungry or if he is bored.

          My daughter has never been a big snacker so it hasn't been an issue with her.
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            06/26/14
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