I don’t think my kids are terribly picky eaters. Sure, they typically don’t like something the first time I make it and sometimes the second time I make it, but they will eat fish and mushrooms and green peppers and drink their milk so I call that a general win. But there are some days where you just. can’t. win. Take Tuesday, for example:
Breakfast: Pancakes and half of a banana. I start making breakfast about 20 minutes before I get the kids up so that it is cooled off before they come downstairs. The past few times I’ve made pancakes the kids devour them so there is none left for me or as a midday snack for M. So this time I make a bit extra and, of course, no one wants more than the three little pancakes I put on their plates. This isn’t terrible since now I have extra and maybe they are actually full but seriously? I just spent 20 minutes making extra because LAST TIME THEY ATE IT ALL! Whatever. We’ll eat pancakes for the next 3 days if we have to.
Lunch: Turkey & Cheese roll ups (literally just 1/3 of a slice of cheese wrapped in a piece of deli turkey), apple sauce squeezable pouch, pears and a granola bar. R is REALLY into packing his own lunch recently but I made the mistake of assembling it while he was at school so I could have it ready in the car when I picked him up and essentially ruined every item I packed…so much so that it all went in the trash (he eventually took it out of the trash which was okay since everything was in its own package). Decently balanced meal thwarted because I didn’t let him put it in the lunch box.
Dinner: Coconut Chicken Curry. They like peppers. They like corn. They *usually* like chicken. Those things mixed with tomatoes, coconut milk and onion poured over rice did NOT go over well. They each had to eat at least a bite of chicken before getting more rice and then SUDDENLY, AFTER THEY FINALLY TRIED IT, it was edible for them. They by no means finished their plates (that’s okay, they are offered family friendly foods for meals and the only snacks allowed after are either fruits or vegetables) but they tried something new and I am hopeful that next time we can avoid the drama as the plates hit the table.
The thing I’ve Learned: Kids are usually inconsistent when they eat but offer them the meal and stick to your rules when it comes to snacks. You should never end up being a short order cook.
Hi, I'm Rebecca
I’m a wife, mom to 5 kids, former choir teacher, Christian and advice giver? I can honestly say I never expected to be the one giving advice when I so frequently ask for it, but the advice I’ve received is so valuable and must be shared! Here are some of the things I’ve learned so far!