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How well do your children eat?

June 29, 2015

Before you have children you watch the struggles that your friends have with their children to eat certain foods. The bribes they make with food and how they can end up cooking a different meal for each family member. It is easy to sit there with rose-tinted glasses and think that when you come to have children it will all be different.

I was one of these people, I have watched in horror as friends have bribed their children, begged their children to eat just one more bite. In many ways I was quite lucky with Roo in that she would eat most things and whilst there are things that I know she doesn’t like she is open to trying something new. Her lunch box is an easy thing to fill each morning as she is happy with a sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and something for snack time.

I thought that I was going to be lucky second time round with Tigger too until he got chicken pox and then everything changed. He no longer wanted to try new foods, he no longer liked foods that he had previously enjoyed, quite frankly it was going through weaning all over again. Filling Tigger’s lunch box for pre-school is no easy task, sandwiches are out of the question so he has cocktail sausage rolls, hot cross buns or scotch pancakes. Along with a yoghurt, raisins or a banana and a couple of biscuits. So partly healthy but certainly not ideal. With him starting school full-time in September I am worried about him taking in a packed lunch each day as he would refuse a hot dinner especially as he has things in there that the school may object to.

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I look at the survey results from MyVoucherCodes in which I was one of the parents they surveyed and in part I don’t feel as guilty that my children dictate to a point when they eat, and also what they eat as other parents seem to be in the same boat.

Who knows maybe baby number three will be my easiest feeder and they will happily eat whatever I put in front of them (a Mum can hope).

How well do your children eat?

  • Katy Hill June 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I’m pretty strict when it comes to what my kids eat, although I wish I’d exposed them to even more flavours when they were young! We have marble jars in our house and they get a marble if they try something new, which seems to work! And getting them to help me with the preparation seems to make them more enthusiastic to try new things too x

  • Kathryn June 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    We have the same issue with sandwiches with my younger son. He will eat plain bread with nothing on so I put that in and he loves the big, fresh pretzels from M&S. He’ll also eat a crusty roll. I figure it all gets mixed up in their tummy in the end so as long as they have something healthy. I struggle to put protein in his lunch box, he won’t have egg, ham, cheese, sausages or anything that’s easy in a packed lunch but he gets plenty of protein at home. He’s not averse to trying new things, he loves Miso soup, rice, Chinese dumplings, sushi so I try to go with the flow as much as possible.

  • Donna June 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    My eldest is much more willing to try new things than his younger brother. But they surprise me every so often. I read somewhere that children have to try things about 15 times before they get a taste for something – and parents give up too soon. That’s certainly been true of me.

  • Becky July 1, 2015 at 4:06 am

    My two are picky eaters BUT rarely eat sweets and have never ever had a fizzy drink and they are 11 and 8. Interesting survey!

  • Clare July 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Jacob has got pickier (or lazier) as he has got older. He will try loads of stuff in school dinners but trying to make him a packed lunch is a nightmare. He would eat pasta for every meal every day if I’d let him!

  • Otilia July 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

    My eldest eats very well and the right kind of food. On the other hand my youngest although she was eating quite well before she now started to pick and choose. I don’t want to fuss the subject too much though as I am sure she will soon start eating better again,

  • Aly July 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Wow! Those figures are quite shocking.I cut of meat from our diet 5 years ago, so I could afford to buy fruit and vegetables.Half of our shopping bill is spent on fruit and vegetables as I’ve never been one for buying crisps, fizzy drinks or lots of ready meals.My youngest isn’t keen on lots of stuff but I don’t label her as fussy as this puts emphasis on her, and makes the situation worse.I just let her eat what she wants but I don’t avoid giving her foods she says she doesn’t like.

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