The five food battles every parent has had (and some ideas on how to overcome them…) By Kylie Archer at Kidgredients.
Over to Kylie:
I’m a kids food blogger but I’m not immune to the struggles of feeding kids, in fact I blog about those struggles all the time.
We have just as many food battles as any other family.
1. I don’t like that anymore
Let’s not mention it was their favourite food last week. Let’s not go there. Change it’s as good as a holiday, right? So deciding that teriyaki chicken fillets are no longer on the ever diminishing TO EAT list is akin to a holiday. For them. Not for the mummy who lovingly made them…
Steps to overcoming this one: Try the same food but in the example of the chicken fillets…pop them on skewers…or in a stirfry or with crunchy noodles.
2. I don’t want anything you’ve offered me
I used to plan our meals a week ahead, but when that fell apart for a while I would offer my two little treasures a few different options and let them pick. And they wouldn’t want anything I’d offered them. Everything was protested..nope…nope..nope.
Steps to overcoming this: don’t offer them choice. Just kidding. Offer two similar choices i.e. pasta with pesto or pasta with sugo. That way the main part is easy regardless and the second part can be changed.
3. All I can possibly eat is…
Far be it for me to come between my toddler and their one true love…chicken nuggets (homemade in our case but nonetheless chicken nuggets…
Steps to overcoming this one: offer less of the much loved food. Add some more of things that they have eaten before, until the favourite is less the main centrepiece.
4. Too tired to eat- so everything becomes a tantrum
Yep Tuesdays. Every week. Every single week. Without fail. School, followed by dancing, followed by sheer exhaustion and a state of non-eatis-mentis.
Steps to overcoming this one: something that takes minutes to prepare- lasagne from the freezer in our case. I can get that out of the freezer and onto the plate faster than you can say “too tired to eat”. Other options are pizza- I premake the bases and freeze them so they are easy to get out and heat, leftover casserole, pasta and sauce (in the freezer together).
5. Can’t stay still to eat
If it’s been a long or exciting day or something exciting is about to happen think NYE, or Birthday cake…the kids can’t stay still and sitting at the table becomes a battle in itself. Therefore eating…well that’s a step too far.
Steps to overcoming this one: Eat somewhere else. For us, it’s the sunroom, or at a pinch the coffee table in the loungeroom or the kids art and craft table. It means they are so excited to have their plates somewhere else…and they just might eat!
So next time you read a food blog and wonder whether that Mummy ever has food battles…she probably does!