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Posted on 5 Mar 2013, 20:13:50 GMT
A. J. Rae says:
There's an interesting book on the subject called 'My child won't eat!'. I often lend it out to those anxious friends.

Posted on 5 Mar 2013, 20:22:19 GMT
pixie says:
My Child Won't Eat!: How to enjoy mealtimes without worryThis one A J?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2013, 22:05:40 GMT
Kids are funny, sometimes they just need leading not pushing, well, perhaps not so funny, just like little adults haha.xxx

Posted on 6 Mar 2013, 10:43:00 GMT
BusyMum says:
Yes, that's the one Pixie. Sorry, I must have posted under my husband's account by mistake.

Posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:16:21 GMT
Multimum says:
I've got 5 ranging from 5 to 12 to feed every day and although they each have their favourite foods, they all know that "it's good to try new things" and that first helpings have to have a bit of everything. Top tips are to give a taste of new things off your own plate, so it seems like a grown up treat! Give small helpings - we often overfeed younger children. Accept that sometimes they don't want to finish up, but don't offer alternative foods. Just clear the table. The one thing never to start is cooking separate meals!

Posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:38:46 GMT
Happy says:
I was determined that my daughter wouldn't be faddy. Having had one very faddy stepson ( lived on salad cream sandwiches - wouldn't have had those if I'd had my way) BUT daughter was more determined than me, she just wasn't interested in food. Even now she's adult she prefers to graze. I gave up worrying, knowing she'd eat when she was hungry.

As a small child I would only eat cheese, had a very fat brother who always cleared my plate for me, now I'll eat almost anything and have a thin brother who's decidedly fussy!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013, 20:33:13 GMT
Absolutely with you on that.....

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013, 20:26:21 GMT
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Henrietta says:
I'm sorry, my dear, but apart from serious dislikes (and I DON'T mean fads) children like or "dislike" what we train them to like or dislike. The variety of foods you mention isn't a problem as it's fairly balanced (at least she's not living on chip butties!) but the fussiness over how it's cooked is basically blackmail. She does it because she knows it upsets and worries you and this gives he rpower over you.

Deal with this by giving her what everyone else is having, cooked in the same way as everyone else's. If she chooses not to eat it do NOT offer or allow alternatives. Also don't allow sweets, biscuits, cake or other treats to make up for the missed meal. If she throws a tantrum keep calm. Be firm and stick to your guns. If necessary and the situation escalates impose sanctions - eg she doesn't go out if she doesn't eat her tea.

Posted on 22 Mar 2013, 23:16:26 GMT
FSamuel says:
I have two Autistic boys and boy (excuse the pun, LOL) they are very set in their ways with food. Every mealtime used to be a nightmare, but what I do now, I pretend I have gone momentarily deaf. I will insist that they eat at least one or two spoons of what I have prepared but I also take in account their special needs, so, I will not force them if I see they really cannot eat it. But I do not offer alternatives anymore. Ok, I do worry about them so, at the end of the day, I will give a snack of hot milk/cocoa and toasts if I feel they did not eat much. But thanks God, nowadays, I have the help of their teachers, because what the teacher says is law, so, if the teacher says it is healthy to eat vegs, they may eat a tiny bit. I suppose it is better than nothing. But if I say it, they will not believe me, I am the mum after all.. **smiles**

Posted on 23 Mar 2013, 01:53:16 GMT
kittycat2000 says:
I have a 3 year old niece who has only ever turned up her nose at cauliflower cheese, her 12 year old sister doesn't eat roast beef but will eat anything else. Their 8 year old brother is a different kettle of fish, getting him to eat at all is a challenge. No matter what you put in front of him, he plays with it and pushes it round his plate. He'll eat bread without a row but that's about it. The only way to get anything into him is to tell him he's not allowed out to play if he has no nourishment in him. Even then he'll suggest taking a handful of vitamins, he's too clever for his own good.
I have to admit to going through phases as a child. I lived on dairylea sandwwiches, milk and anything made from mince as a child for about a year. My mum used to have to fight to get me to eat one potato, now I can't get enough of them. Actually the only thing I don't eat now is tinned peas, those big marrowfat ones. Even the look of them makes me ill.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 10:12:08 GMT
Yes Frenchie, you are the Mum, and you sound like a darned good one to me, you keep smiling and positive in the face of anything life throws at you and you never complain, I,m glad you find time to come on here.xxx

Posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:25:44 GMT
jillg says:
Son came home from school he's aged five he took one look at his tea and had a paddy how he doesn't like his tea how I'm a rubbish chef.he wanted something else needless to say his dinner went in the bin. Half an hour later he'd changed his mind and wanted it all I did was take some off his dad's which was the same and he ate the lot stating that he enjoyed it. Mum won no separate teas in our house

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 18:01:50 GMT
I watched a friend's daughter's metamorphosis when she started school...from a sweet gentle little girl she seemed to turn into a monster! She was watching the typical spoiled behaviour of kids in my city and decided to try it at home. She suddenly couldn't speak without whining and wailing, nothing pleased her, whatever she got for meals etc was just exactly what she "didn't like" (and had never objected to before.) Her mum said, "I can't understand you when you whine" and proceeded to ignore her temper fits. It was tough going for a week or so but she soon saw that being the spoiled baby got her nowhere and decided to stop.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 18:02:44 GMT
Did he actually use the word "chef?" If he did, I'd put a PIN number on the remote and lock the channels that show cooking competitions!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 18:08:21 GMT
pixie says:
Go jillywilly...you a great mum teaching your child about great food! Yay!x

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 18:37:17 GMT
Ivan says:
That's what my old man would have done....well it would have gone on his plate, no choice of anything else.

Posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:41:47 GMT
pixie says:
That is so true! My mum worked all her life...cleaning before her main job...if you turned your nose up at "Tea" your loss! That was it eat or go without! Pudding was for sunday only along with tinned salmon....oh jeez! I sound like a sad act! but it did me good!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 18:46:54 GMT
Ivan says:
Yea memories. If someone didn't eat something there was always someone who would. I never had any problem with my kids not eating properly and it's the same with the Grand kids. They all like their veg.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013, 19:14:46 GMT
pixie says:
I've found a renewed interest in veg since I've had the microwave....the steam bags have been fab...broccoli has been a fav as well as cauli and leeks.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013, 17:23:44 GMT
Not sad. What's sad is that there aren't any "treats" anymore because everything has become everyday. When I was coming up, burgers etc were a weekend only possibility, not a foregone conclusion. Cake and pies were "special occasion" desserts. My parents only bought KFC when we went to visit my gran, and because it was right down the street from her house. Since there were 5 of us we would turn up with dinner, mum didn't expect her to feed all of us out of her own pocket.

I think making everything so common takes away some of the specialness of treats.

Posted on 24 Mar 2013, 20:15:34 GMT
Charlie says:
That is so true Ori? DH loves hot choc and makes it for a 'treat' for the kids most days. They now expect it rather than hope for it :(

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013, 21:33:00 GMT
FSamuel says:
I think today's problem with over fussy children is that we live in a consumerism (?) society. Everything is available, no one needs to deny themselves anything, nowadays.
I told my children (and Hubby) , when they did their funny faces at food, that in Africa some children are starving and what we have here would be a feast for their whole village. I forced them to look at starving pictures of people. Nowadays, hardly anyone complains at home, they may not eat but they do not dare to complain.
I know, I can be nasty sometimes :( but it annoys me so much when people complain about food.
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