rules question

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.

Re: rules question

Postby issi » 05 Jan 2014, 22:24

madcatmummy wrote:Great that he did eat some of it, that's brilliant!! Sometimes the mind of a toddler is far too complex to try and understand - the squashed meatball must be avoided = case in point!!

Yup. Snarfy is only just beginning to accept that slices of carrot taste incredibly similar to sticks of carrot.
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Re: rules question

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 05 Jan 2014, 22:37

Sounds like Munchie and Puppy are two peas in a pod. There is no logic to what she will and won't eat. My bolognaise is EXACTLY the same as my meatballs - with the exception of the shape of the meat. She scoffs bog, will not touch meatballs!!! Very occasionally I can mush them up for her but sometimes even this doesn't work!!!

Like you say, put the food down and leave them to it. It's a hard lesson to learn (although it sounds sooooo easy - it soooooooo isn't sometimes!!!) but I think, after 3 years, I am there. On occasion, she doesn't even want pasta!

My general rule is - if it's something she likes and chooses not to eat it, then there is nothing else. If it's something she sometimes likes but doesn't want it (like a new food she's trying to get her head around - sausages are a good example - sometimes she will, sometimes she won't) then I offer fruit or yoghurt. If I'm doing something like spuds (which I KNOW she doesn't like) I'll do plain pasta alongside it. Again, fruit or yoghurt.

Breakfast is what she wants, lunch is something I know she likes, so if she doesn't eat supper, I don't sweat it.

Mamapupmas wrote:but other days, such as today, I feel it's wrong because they're firm favourites so a safety when he doesn't want to try.

This is exactly how DH sees it. I've stopped viewing it this way as they are healthy options, even if they are favourites.
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