I have a “friend” that needs your help. She’s a mama of two boys (what a coincidence!) and she’s really lovely, awesome even! This “friend” is having the occasional problem at dinner time. By occasional I mean every night and by problem I mean Oscar-worthy drama.
Most kids are fussy eaters. Vegetables are the enemy, food that doesn’t come in a take away bag is poisonous, “you’re the meanest mum ever” and all that. Then there’s the tiny humans that enjoy all of the foods and happily sit down and enjoy each meal and even try something new occasionally. These ones are like unicorns – I’ve never seen one but I know they’re out there.
Anyway, my “friend” is in the former category. Her boys are pains in the ass at dinner time. Foods they used to love, they now hate. They act like HAZMAT suits are required to be worn around all vegetables. They’ll take one millisecond glance and immediately determine that they actually have poop in a bowl disguised as dinner. They’re beginning to excel at night time rounds of ‘last man standing’ and will sit and stare and sulk for an hour until my “friend” cracks it and tells them to leave the table because she’ll throw cutlery if she hears one more exaggerated sigh.
My “friend” has to incorporate her youngest sons wheat allergy, would like to make meals as healthy as possible (without going overboard) and most nights she just doesn’t have the time or energy to decorate plates and craft a pirate ship out of a steak to please her precious boys. She has tried exciting meals, fun meals, asked for their input, had them pick ingredients from the Coles/Woolies catalogue, even cooked things from the Jamie Oliver books at her eldest’s insistence. She has special plates, they’ve had picnics in the lounge, she’s encouraged them to help with the preparation and/or cooking. She’s resorted to threats and bribery and consequences and the good old “you’ll get it for breakfast”. Still, 90% of the time they still won’t finish a meal.
Truth be told, it’s the eldest that needs the convincing. The littlest will eat pretty much anything but then sees the eldest being a punish and follows suit. Having said that, the little one isn’t much of a meat eater.
So, my “friend” would really appreciate your help. She’s had enough of every mealtime ending in tears and tantrums and yelling (all from her). Before she gives up on cooking altogether and simply erects a trough outside for them, she’d like to know what meals your kids love and the magic tricks you use to get them to eat. And she probably doesn’t want to know if you have one of those mystical unicorns that just eats all their meals perfectly…. 😉
Thank you in advance from my “friend”.