When is it time to...

Oh, we're done with all that vegetable-steaming and mess, our children are cutlery-wielding, spaghetti-chomping angels... at least some of the time.

When is it time to...

Postby Lorbeer » 27 Oct 2007, 11:33

I'm not sure whether this is just the 'only eating dessert/no dessert' question in green but...bear with me:

When is it time to say 'today there is meatloaf with veg' and when LO decides NO-NO that is not what he had in mind...then there is no bringing out Babybels or corn on the cob (stored in the fridge for such 'emergencies').

Mateymoo is coming up to 14 mths old and stopped breastfeeding when he was 1. He likes his food and has a belly like a balloon, so no chance of him wasting away if he misses one meal but I'm still not sure how to handle it. Won't it just mean giving more at snack time and getting 'meals' in a twist?

Any advice?
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Postby Aitch » 27 Oct 2007, 12:26

i don't give dd dessert, generally, so we don't have that issue, but if she doesn't eat her dinner then she just gets as much milk as she wants. that's easier for me cos i'm ffing, i suppose. to be honest, most of the time she doesn't actually take any more milk, so i'm forced to assume that the reason she didn't want dinner was because she wasn't hungry. this would fit in with the fac tthat often she doesn't fancy somehting that i know she adores...
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Postby Loubylou » 27 Oct 2007, 16:22

I was wondering about this. My friend made her DD (18 months ish) an omelette the other day whilst I was there. After cooking it and letting it cool for a bit, her DD refused it. She then went on to make her a sandwich. I was sitting there thinking, ooh i don't want to fall in to that trap. i can see how easily though you could do it, as you want them to eat something. i think the control thing with parents and babies is really interesting.

Incidentally my LO had her first omelette that day (I hate to see waste!)... and very nice she thought it was too!! :bsmile
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Postby EmilyinFrance » 28 Oct 2007, 16:07

I have 3 and so absolutely never offer anything different if they don't want what I've cooked because I like to sit down and eat my own food, thank you, rather than making emergency Marmite sandwiches for people with Whims. :)

I know what each of them likes to eat (well apart from dd, who's the smallest, because she'll eat anything if she's hungry and nothing if she's not) so I make sure there's always some component of the meal that each of them likes, and I never, ever tell them they have to eat everything on the plate because it took me a long time and a lot of Paul McKenna to unlearn that habit.

And like Aitch, we don't often do puddings apart from fruit or yogurt. But I do make the boys wait for dd to be ready before they go and fetch themselves either of those, because once she claps eyes on one, there's no way she's finishing her lentils.

And they all seem to get by just fine on lack-of-alternatives-on-offer. Particularly if they're hungry... :)
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Postby Loubylou » 28 Oct 2007, 20:13

Well Emily if you've got 3 children and it works for you, I will def not begin the alternative meal thing. Once you start, it's a slippery slope I'm sure!
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