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Old 04-05-2018, 06:49 PM
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Default Sneaking food?

Hey Guys,

So, I blame myself for some of this, as, in the nature of my work, I'm working with, talking about, and cooking food a lot.

My daughter is 10, and we're really struggling with her sneaking food, even in the middle of the night. We feed her enough, lol, and I've gotten rid of sugary and junk foods, thinking that should do it, but she just switched over to regular food from the fridge (meats, cheeses, left-overs, etc.) and food from the cupboards. She has some basic cooking skills, so she can prepare food from raw ingredients, as well.

We've grounded her, taken away her electronics (she has an i-Pad for homeschooling), deducted the cost of food from her allowance, explained why it's not healthy, and that we need to be able to trust her...nothing seems to work! She occasionally will lie to us, when confronted, but typically apologizes and seems repentant. Then, she does it again within a few hours.

She's beginning to have a weight problem, and I've VERY careful not to make her self-conscious, as I don't want to encourage food-issues as she goes into her teens, which is why I'm also hesitant to put locks on the fridge, or stuff like that.

I'm at a loss...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

~Chef Perry
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:15 PM
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Have you spoken to her Pediatrician?
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:26 PM
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Have you spoken to her Pediatrician?

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Old 04-06-2018, 11:22 PM
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Perhaps talking to a therapist might help. Insurance may cover a visit(s).
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:53 PM
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First off, good job on passing along cooking skills to your daughter. As for what you can do, consider paring down the pantry of undesirable ingredients. Sadly, that means that you'd ALL have to go on a diet. Unfortunately, 10 is about the age where you get called for espouting "do as I say, not as I do."
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Old 04-09-2018, 03:54 PM
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Hey, Chef-
I've dealt with it. My oldest, now an adult, used to do this.
He wasn't a popular kid, there were no others on our street to play with, and we tried hard to keep him in sports and scouts and youth activities to keep around others his age. His sister was 3 yrs younger. (Not a playmate). He got "chunky" due to video games and not really wanting to get out of the house,and was picked on.
He was scared of his image and how people might treat him, he was nervous about his future. (TV news).
I too was an over the road trucker and never home.
Food was his comfort. Made him feel good.
Wifey and I argued a lot too.
He probably worried about that.
Wound up divorced. He's a big gin.
Might need a psychiatrist to intervene.
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