I dont think its mean at all. Prior to cracking down i was cooking 2 different meals every dinner time because i made it normal for us and my DD would have a breakdown and say no no and id make something else. It was hard work and really she didnt benefit. So now whatever we have she gets i understand she doesnt like onions etc so i let her pick those out but if its something new i always tell her she has to try at least two bites of it. Sometimes she will sit there for forty minutes pushing it around the plate and not eating so now we just say right if its not done by so and so time its gone. Meal times are still a struggle but its getting better and she is now eating alot more variety and most of the times alot more
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19-09-2010 18:46 #31Just keep cooking, cooking cooking (baby that is)
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19-09-2010 18:54 #32
I offer her a variety of foods, and it is her choice if she eats them or not, and how much.... I would NEVER force her to eat a food, that's just asking for trouble, more battles, and some not so great associations with food if you ask me....
DD can be a picky eater at times, but she is encouraged to eat healthy foods and the meals dished up, and told why it is important....
The meals dished up to her are not huge as to not be overwhelming.... usually include something I definitely know she will eat, something she is likely to eat most times, and something new I'd like her to try..... It's up to her to decide when she is ready and comfortable to expand her palate....
19-09-2010 18:56 #33
19-09-2010 19:02 #34
i understand about not pushing food onto my child however if i dont do it to a certain degree, he will not eat. i was forced as a child to eat whatever was on the plate which is why i wont eat certain foods to this day now however i dont force him to eat, i encourage him to eat a min of 3 mouthfuls which i think is acceptable for a child his age.
tonight for dinner, he had 1 sausage, mashed potato, peas, brocolli and cauliflower. all he ate was one sausage and then asked for another so i gave him another. he only had child servings of his dinner which he should of been able to eat but chose not to. then 10mins after dinner, he said he was hungry.
do i give in and give him yoghurt and whatever he wants so he doesnt have food issues when he is older or do i put my foot down and make him eat. it took him about 40mins to just eat those sausages as it was and he said he was finished.
19-09-2010 19:08 #35
well, as I said, I would give the yoghurt but it really depends on you and what stance you want to take What I will say though, is hypothetically if you make him eat it, what will be the outcome, and is it a battle you will win?
19-09-2010 19:12 #36
See, what I would do is tell him that he can have another sausage after eating a couple of mouthfuls of the rest. This kind of thing usually works for me. Often I end up having to feed the vegies to DS myself, as he won't feed it to himself but will eat it if i spoon it in.
To encourage my son to eat his food, I let him choose between two meals what we will have for dinner. If he decides he wants something else like yogurt, fruit etc he needs to make a reasonable attempt at eating what is on his plate. I don't "force" him to eat it as such....just blackmail LOL. If I can tell he really doesnt like what i have cooked, or isn't really hungry, I'll offer him something healthy so i know he still has something in his tummy. But if he's just not hungry i wont force him to eat.
19-09-2010 19:13 #37
Hmm that is tough, I think you may have to stick to your guns on that one cause in that circumstance he isn't going to starve he has had 2 sausages so maybe keep offering the uneaten foods rather than give new foods.
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