Just wanted to add that if you are working and dont have time for dinner perhaps you could use one day a week to make a batch of meals and freeze them.
You can make a big batch of pasta, lasagna, sausage rolls, mini egg pies, homemade burger patties etc and then on your busy days all you have to do is preheat stuff.
If you blend up a bunch of steamed veg and add it too a tomato based sauce you can use it pasta and lasagna or other things.
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18-07-2013 18:21 #11Senior Member
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18-07-2013 18:28 #12Senior Member
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Op I feel for you, its hard working and parenting especially with 2 so young. Sounds like you need a break! Is there any way you can take a day off to relax & refocus?
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18-07-2013 18:29 #13Senior Member
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You have just described my kids to a T.
I'm in the same boat, and my boys are the same age. Sometimes I get very angry as well. It can be very disheartening when you cook, you know it tastes nice and yet they refuse to try it.
Personally I think you have every right to lose your temper, but I guess you've also got to learn how much is enough because they are young.
I've tried all sorts of techniques. Not much works for us. I've even threatened to smack (I didn't) if he didn't eat his risotto. But I gotta admit, it did work. But all The same, it's not possible to use that technique every night (and it's pretty mean too).
I keep getting told persistence Iis the key. I hope so, I waste so much money on food and throw half of it out.
Anyways I guess the point of this post is to say your not alone
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18-07-2013 18:34 #14
I have a lot of trouble getting my 2 year old to eat dinner. She loves food but when it comes to dinner she rarely finishes a meal. As soon as she leaves the table she's complaining "I bit hungy" and trying to break into the fridge or the pantry. Well DD...you would not be hungry if you just ate your dinner!!!
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18-07-2013 18:37 #15
I have a fussy eater and I was getting so frustrated with him and the whole meal time disaster. Then I found a book called Give Peas a Chance by Kate Samela. This has really changed my approach and taken some of the anger out of the situation. It has practical advice, is down to earth and written by a pediatric nutrition specialist and I can't recommend it highly enough. See if your local library has it, what have you got to lose.
18-07-2013 18:43 #16
Yup same for us. Ds is nearly three and dinners have just started to become a problem. I'm lucky if he eats a few bites....if he doesn't eat his dinner he is offered fruit and a yoghurt.....possibly a sandwich if I know he is really hungry. If he turns those down then nothing. At the end of the day when he gets hungry he will eat.
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18-07-2013 18:44 #17
We have actually stopped making dinner 'for' DS (2 yrs). We just make regular dinner for us but nothing spicy or things he can't eat. We put it in front of him and if he doesn't eat it (if we are lucky he'll have a few mouthfuls of mashed potato or sausage etc) then no big deal he can have a sandwich or banana. No one gets to their teenage years still eating sandwiches for dinner :-)
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18-07-2013 18:55 #18
I honestly think that children who eat healthy dinners are the exception!!! As are parents who stay calm when their children refuse to eat!!!
I have been told that young children have very little power and control in their lives. All they can control is going to the toilet and eating, which is why parents have so much difficulty with these two areas.
Lately I have stopped giving DS any food after lunch, he is usually hungry at dinner and will eat a bit of what I serve. That can mean that I need to serve him dinner earlier, so a bit more pressure on me
Something I try to do if I have had a big day and need to get take away or chicken nuggets etc is give DS chopped up carrot and cucumber (his preferred veg) that he must eat before take away. If he hasn't had anything to eat since lunch he will eat the carrot (I don't give him heaps) especially with the lure of takeaway.
I hope this helps, it's really hard!!!
18-07-2013 19:04 #19
I have basically "given up" on dinners with my son (4.5) if it's something I know he'll eat it I'll serve it, I try to give him what he likes that's not junk - so like he'll eat plain rice or pasta so I dish up a plate I'll put a bit of topping on the side for him to try but I know he'll pick at the rice. If I can't be bothered with a whinge I'll make him scrambled eggs or a sandwich, otherwise he usually has fruit, or a fruit smoothie with veggies in the smoothie, for dinner.
It used to stress me heaps, and I still get a bit disheartened like last night NOBODY ate dinner, df, jasper and katelyn ALL turned their nose up. Grr. But mostly I just cook it, what doesn't get eaten I pop in Tupperware containers for my lunch tomorrow. But I cook what I like so at least I'm happy.
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18-07-2013 19:11 #20
I will definately take these suggestions on board and its somewhat reassuring to know that I am not the only one struggling.
My kids have gotten fussy to the point where if I serve dd pasta she wants it plain no sauce so no hidden veggies here. If I make sausage rolls they will only eat the pastry. If i make a burger they will just eat a bit of the bread. No chance of them eating salad. Dd used to eat cucumber and tomato but not anymore. Ds never liked any veggies. The other day at Childcare his teacher wrote me a note that she realised ds doesn't like veggies even when she tries to hide it under his food etc... I have been telling her this all along. Because ds is so fussy I am still giving him formula. Part of me wants to stop because that might make him hungry and eat more then the other part says if he doesn't eat enough healthy food he isn't getting the nutrients he needs. He only has one bottle in the morning and one before bed time.
Would it be worthwhile for me to see a professional about how I can control my reaction to them not eating ?
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