The Middle Night Muncher

When your kids wake up early continually to munch on food, it begins to become a problem. I have this with Wyatt at the moment. Find out what he’s been up to and what we’re doing to stop it here!

I woke up this morning to find Wyatt sat watching cartoons. He was right next to the television looking slightly guilty over something.

I brushed it off thinking it was because he was up really early again.

I made the morning coffees and had a cigarette. Got myself dressed and sorted out the little ones. When I returned downstairs I noticed there was a fruit shoot bottle completely empty right next to the television, and some remnants of a cheese string left on the floor.

You see we have had to put a child lock on the fridge to stop the late night muncher from munching, but obviously he can now open the lock himself. He knows the rules. He has to wait until breakfast for something to eat, but Wyatt doesn’t like to wait. He loves his food. It’s the main thing he goes on about all day long. You mention it’s dinner time and he runs like his life depends on it straight to the table.

If I want him to listen, all I have to say is food and he’s there straight away. I have no clue what wakes him up in the middle of the night but he just doesn’t seem to need sleep. It’s an endless battle trying to stop him from helping himself to food and just getting him to stay in bed.

I spoke to him this morning about it and asked him whether he ate all the cheese strings out the fridge. He just looked at me and said “no”. I asked him again and he still said “no”. I told him that lying is going to get him into more trouble and that I will go and check if he has ( I already knew at this point that he had taken them).

I thought I’d give him a chance to own up.

He replied with,

I forgotted.”

I told him,

“It’s not forgetting, it’s lying!”

He’s 6 years old – he knows better. I know he has learning difficulties but he knows what he should and shouldn’t do by now. It’s been explained enough.

I must admit he’s hard work at the moment continually telling him to stop eating out the house as early as 5am every morning or even earlier sometimes. He still seems to do it, so instead we have put preventive measures in place such as moving the food higher up out of his reach and putting a child lock on the fridge. Unfortunately however this seems to have failed now because he can open it.

I’m honestly at a loss of what else I could do to stop him. I’m just hoping he starts to listen to what we are saying. The other main problem we have with him at the moment is lying. He will blatantly lie to my face and it doesn’t phase him one bit.

When I pull him up on it he says I’m bullying him and won’t listen to what i’m saying. I feel like banging my head against a wall attempting to explain how lying will get him into more trouble. Instead he could just own up to it and apologise. I’m not bullying him, i’m trying to teach him right from wrong so that he can grow up to be a respectful young man.

Parenting is really hard sometimes. Today is one of those hard days. I’ve removed dojo points from him (if you haven’t heard of the dojo point system, read about it here) but I’ve had to be the mean Mum and tell him that if his behaviour doesn’t improve, then he will be missing Pizza Hut for Faiths birthday next week and go to his Dad’s instead.

I must admit I feel guilty and horrible even suggesting it but I just don’t know what else to do that will make him realise that his behaviour is unacceptable.


I would love to hear if any of you have had any of the same issues with your children and how you managed to nip it in the bud. Please let us know in the comments section below!


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Author: Zoe

Hi! I'm Zoe Williams. I am a mum of 4 children and I am in a happy relationship with my partner Liam. I like reading, writing and various other activities. I like spending time with the kids and now I am here to blog about it.

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