Lately I have been having a lot of discussions with moms about the eating habits of tween and teens. We’ve been talking about food rules in the house and how they apply to boys versus girls – especially when your kids hit puberty.
I was telling a friend that when my oldest started her period, she put on weight quickly and had to really start watching what she eats. The pediatrician was not worried and didn’t want her to lose weight but did want her to maintain what she had gained. So I had to explain to my daughter that she could eat all things in moderation but she couldn’t eat like she did before she had hormones rushing through her body.
I don’t want you to think I am denying my daughter meals. I am just trying to guide her to proper serving sizes and hey you can’t eat three croissants in a row or eat peanut butter from a jar. If you’re hungry, make good choices and eat some Greek yogurt or fruit for a snack.
On the other hand, I am noticing that my 10-year-old son is just hungry all the time now. He gets out of school and is just starving. Chef Lucinda Scala Quinn has a TV show and book devoted to feeding men and boys that she calls “Mad Hungry.” She raised all boys and that is how she describes how hungry they get. I am now seeing this with my son, and I don’t feel like I should tell him he can’t eat if he’s hungry and growing.
One friend says that her middle school son is literally in tears when she picks him up from sports practice because he is so hungry. She takes him food in the car even though their house is only minutes from the school. (She only has boys.)
Another friend who has younger boys and girls says the rules should be same for all the kids in the house. But I’m just don’t think you can let your teen girl eat the same amounts that the teen boy is eating or ask the boy to eat only what the girl is eating.
What do you think: Do your teenage boys and girls eat the same items or amounts? Should boys and girls hitting puberty have different rules as far as eating or should it be standard across the board no matter what the sex of the child? Have you seen this “Mad Hungry” feeling with your boys? Is it growth spurt or are they just always like this?