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    I have a super fussy eater so if we go out I always have a few foods for her (she had severe oral aversion and failure to thrive as well as is still intolerant to dairy/lactose) my others eat anything. When people come for a meal I check what their kids like- 90% of the time friends come for my pizzas so I just make kid friendly ones (I've not met a kid who will turn down pizza)

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    I should just reiterate that I don't expect an entire kids meal.. Again more if you're making a BBQ then maybe add something that a kid with no molars can try and chew on.. Some lamp chops perhaps..just an example.

    It's interesting to hear your replies though so thanks! Think I'll start taking kids food with us again just in case.

    And yes we always offer our kids what's on the menu no matter what it is. Just sux when ds1 refuses to try anything.

    To the poster who asked if SIL is competitive... Omg yes, read some of my older posts lol... But she can cook! (dunno if shed ever admit something nice about me if the situation was reversed though!)

    Cheers ladies

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    I don't really believe in the whole " kids meal" thing but I also wouldn't expect a 2 or 3 year old to eat an oyster.

    We have kids over a lot and I usually have some bits and pieces for dinner that aren't spicy or something kids might not like. Or I'll just make them something extra. i usually find though that my friends kids will have a try of most things.

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    Although I think steak is fairly standard I think the AVERAGE child wouldn't like artichoke or oysters...

    When I entertain I serve fairly standard food as I just want everyone to be happy .

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    I serve the kids what we're having unless it is something spicy, if they don't like it I'm happy to make them a Vegemite sandwich.

    To be honest there is no way I would expect my friends to supply something separate for my child, if she doesn't like what we're having she can have a Vegemite sandwich or if I know in advance that what's being served isn't something she'll eat then I will take food for her. It's not up to my mates to deal with my fussy eater.

    Don't really see the difference between a steak or a lamb chop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    but I find most kids really aren't as fussy as you'd think.
    I absolutely agree with this! When we were little, people would ask Mum what we would eat. "I don't know, ask them!" she'd say, because while we might refuse to eat something for her, we might eat it for someone else. I've found I've managed to convince "fussy" kids to eat a lot of things when I'm the one feeding them (as opposed to their parents, who kids naturally tend to play up for the most) and DD is eating it too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    I don't really believe in the whole " kids meal" thing but I also wouldn't expect a 2 or 3 year old to eat an oyster.
    Totally aside from the thread, but while she wasn't quite 2 or 3, I convinced DD to have an oyster when she was about 4 or 5. She didn't like it... but she gave it a go at least! I was very impressed.

    I mostly force DD to try things though - I don't care if she doesn't like it and doesn't want another bite, but she can't possibly know if she hates it UNTIL she's tried it first. I won't even tell her what foods are before she tries it - just eat it because I said so!

    I wouldn't make something super-spicy and expect a child to eat it or anything like that... but I like to prepare fancier versions of fairly standard meals for other people, hoping that they'll at least be able to tolerate it, if not enjoy it. I expect most people wouldn't serve you up something absurd unless they were very familiar with your food preferences and knew you'd be open to at least trying it.

    I think most people are fairly considerate when feeding their guests... even if they're not making sure the food is easy to feed a fairly toothless toddler. I would assume most people are unaware of how many teeth someone else's kid has or how that might impact their dinner.

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    I guess it probably depends on who is doing the cooking. Some people (like my mother) go totally overboard to cater for DS - she has her fridge and cupboard constantly stocked with snacks and food that is just for him and my dad and sister get in trouble if they eat or drink it lol. My in laws, on the other hand, couldnt care less and so we always ask what is on the menu before hand, to make sure it is something he can eat. If its not, we just take with us his favourite fall back meal, a vegemite sandwich

    Im not a fan of "kids meals" either, we usually just serve DS what we are eating unless, like another poster mentioned before, it is a little difficult for someone without a full set of teeth to chew.

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    I hate 'kids' meals! DS eats what we eat, except if its a hot curry or when he was younger he would struggle to chew meat like lamb chops and steak, so in those situations id make him something else.

    People say I'm lucky my DS eats anything (veg etc) but he doesn't know any different! I've never brought him up eating crap. He doesn't get sausages, chicken nuggets, chips etc for dinner! I don't allow it.

    I never expect friends to make seperate meals for him when we go to their house. I always pack something for him (if I'm not sure what they are serving - ie hot curry etc) OR I just let him eat what they serve. I ALWAYS get DS to try new stuff. If you assume your kids won't try it like something then chances are they won't.

    I understand that some kids are fussy, I get that but part if it is parents giving in.

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    DS is currently on a ridiculous elimination diet so often does get kid meals at restaurants because deep fried crap fits his diet.

    At home, other people's houses, and at restaurants prior to his diet he has always eaten the same as everyone else. Steak and couscous doesn't strike me as particularly adventurous for a kid? And he loves artichokes!

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    Well all I can say is I am supremely jealous of all you people who's kids will eat anything!.

    I bought dd2 up eating everything I could because I didn't want her to turn into a fussy eater like dd1.....in hindsight dd1 really wasn't too terrible but dd2 is doing my head in!. At 3 she stopped eating just about anything except for 'plain boring kids meals', plain pasta (she has recently started having a bit of cheese on it) and her one saving grace is she would live on fruit if I let her - problem is that doesn't fill her up.

    Last night she refused her hamburger for dinner so went to bed hungry and I am now having a stand off with her over breakfast because I am only offering cereal or toast and she doesn't want either

    There are no food allergies, intolerances or oral aversions, just a 3 year old who only wants plain food and is as stubborn as you can get.

    I am clinging to the hope that her sister came good at about 6 and was a lot more willing to at least try new things, and she might be the same!

    And to the pp who mentioned pizza, yep my dd2 will sit there and watch everyone else eat it and absolutely refuse any herself. She likes making it, but eating it is another story!


 

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