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Dad asks if it's okay to give kids snacks despite mom's strict three-meal-a-day rule.

Dad asks if it's okay to give kids snacks despite mom's strict three-meal-a-day rule.

When trying to build good habits in your kids, is it better to enforce strict mealtimes or let them eat when hungry?

That's the question that's driving one couple up a wall. Dad thinks their six kids, aged three through 12, should eat if they're hungry. Mom thinks a routine is paramount. The dad took to Reddit to ask who's in the wrong.

The food issue is a real sticking point for their family:

Me and my wife fight over very few things. Food is the main culprit. My wife is a strong believer in breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack before bed and that's it. I'm a firm believer in eat whenever you're hungry.

It's now coming to a head:

This has always been a problem, but it was never really discussed. Recently she's been getting overly angry about it, but I can't see what the problem is. I'm not going to make my kids go hungry because dinner is in a hour. If they're hungry, let them eat.

Sources: Reddit
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