Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Parenting Issues

When your teen sneaks food, what to do?

See also

Ever go into your son or daughters room to find empty dishes and wrappers hidden? Well you are not alone in your journey. More kids sneak food for one reason or another. One of the reasons may be anxiety of peer pressure, especially if your teen is overweight. Another may be they are going through a growing spurt. No they don’t have a tape worm…but if your son or daughter is very active in sports and the like, be prepared to have large amount of food gone. They may sneak it because they don’t want you to get angry because they are always hungry.

Your reaction to this is crucial. Do not go in upset, yelling or crass. Approach the issue in a smooth manner, offer alternatives to junk food, and ask questions. If it is an anxiety issue, offer to help in what is bothering them and let them know that asking for a treat is better. One thing that may help is to stop purchasing snacks altogether and offer alternative healthier treats that they can indulge in.

Don’t forget to reward them for their good behavior. You can try a point system so the reward is a concert, game or clothing item. Never reward them with food; you are basically defeating the purpose. More so acknowledging them for making changes encourages them to want to do more for you. Whether they admit it or not, they still look up to you.

Lastly, Rome wasn't built in a day so be patient with them and yourself!

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!