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When It Just Isn't Working

4 school children eating fruit and drinking water

If your child doesn’t eat their lunch, ask yourself:

  • Is the lunch box wrong? Your child might prefer a brown paper bag or the latest type of lunch box.
  • Is lunch boring? Try to pack a different lunch every day. For younger children, try cutting the sandwiches in different ways.
  • Is it too much? If so, offer smaller servings. Half a sandwich might be more appropriate than a whole one.
  • Is it too fiddly? Some children are put off by fiddly packaging or don't like getting sticky hands. Try removing the orange peel or cut a kiwi in half and add a spoon.

And if all else fails... Try to make sure that your child at least has a nutritious breakfast and dinner - and trust that they'll eat when they are hungry.