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The 5 Food Battles Every Parent Has Had!

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!

Thank you so much to Kylie at Kidgredients for submitting this great post to #MyFiveThings!  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. / 9:05 am

    Oh yes, very familiar! My son can really love something and then hate it the next day, for no reason…I’m looking at you pasta! I also dread the tired days when he’s just too tired to be bothered, dinner times are always a mission then. He can always squeeze in ice cream though no matter how “full” he is, funny that!

    • / 7:16 pm

      Ha ha why are they SO fickle?! x

  2. Sarah | Digital Motherhood
    / 9:07 am

    Oh god every one of these! And at almost 5 we still get a few of them. Always nice to know you’re not alone!

    • / 8:07 pm

      Oh that’s so true – we’re all in the same boat :) x

  3. / 1:19 am

    I sound like a stuck record at tea time saying ‘sit down’ ‘keep still’ and ‘bottom on seat’. Arghhhh! #thelist

    • / 8:30 pm

      Ha ha me too argh!! x

  4. / 6:45 am

    Yep! You’ve got it covered. The too tired to eat one makes me laugh so much. He’ll have a massive tantrum and then forget what he’s angry about and start eating.

    • / 1:20 pm

      Ha ha mine does this too! x

  5. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy
    / 7:40 pm

    Oh god I know these feelings well. Archie is a terrible eater, only beige food & at the minute pretty much only dry bread or yogurt. Because of his Autism he’s non verbal too so can’t even tell me what he wants, he just refuses to eat pretty much everything I give him :( #The list

    • / 3:27 pm

      Only beige food oh my word the kids keep us on our toes :) I can only imagine how difficult it is for both of you sometimes x x

  6. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    / 5:56 pm

    Yes, these are true for us too. Thankfully not every night, but I can usually predict what dinner time is going to be like before we start! :-) #TheList

    • / 3:25 pm

      Ha ha it definitely sets a tone quickly! x

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