Did you ever notice how when you go out to a big lunch, you generally tend to overeat, and you find that you’re not hungry come dinnertime? But for some reason, the kids always are.
It never fails, when we go out for lunch, I eat more than normal and think to myself, Well, that’s good. Guess I don’t have to cook dinner tonight.
But then 5:00 rolls around, and the kids are suddenly at my side, asking when dinner will be ready.
It’s like they have a built-in mechanism for eating only until they are full, and I suppose we program them to eat at regular intervals. But somewhere along the way, we lose that mechanism for eating moderately on a reasonable schedule.
How does that happen?