If you'd like your child to eat broccoli, then you should, too. She must eat regular meals plus 2-4 snacks per day. That’s a tough situation! Understanding why kids refuse to eat anything you offer, or when they don’t want to eat, is the key to helping your child move forward. When he's healthy, your child needs to eat three well-balanced meals and two healthy snacks per day. I try to model healthy eating. I have done and still do all the steps 1-8 above. So the next time your toddler won’t eat dinner and is hungry at bedtime offer a boring but filling and nutritious snack. I know that can be frustrating! You can move the next eating zone up so there’s only a 30 minute wait. Hi mamas, My almost-two-year old son is tiny. I try to avoid buying junk food, but he refuses to eat breakfast unless it’s sugary pop tarts or other junk, so he buys breakfast at school because that’s what they have there. A bag of goldfish on … Ironically, when kids won’t eat, it’s not always because they don’t like the food that’s being offered.