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Parenting / Re: Fussy kids!
« on: May 12, 2013, 03:10:25 PM »
Thank you all for your replies.  I'm definitely going to give the maximum, medium, minimum thing a try celticcavegirl as that may give them a feeling of control.  I love the sound of some of the food ideas but I doubt very much that the girls would eat them.  Neither of them like soup, salads, burgers, meatballs, cold meat, veg sticks or anything even slightly spicy.  Yes, Warren Dew, they would both probably eat bacon at every meal until they got bored and then they wouldn't eat that either!

To be honest mealtimes have always been a bit of a nightmare anyway because they both like such different things.  We have always had a rule about trying new foods that if you try it and you don't like it then you can have something else.  I'm afraid this is a knee jerk reaction from my own childhood as I was a very fussy eater (yes, I know this is probably where they get it from  ;D )and I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I had cleared my plate or the grown ups got bored waiting for me to eat.  It was usually the latter as I was also very stubborn (they get that from me too!).  It was the same at school; I was made to stay in the school hall all afternoon once because I refused to eat my mashed potato.  I swore I would never put my kids through that.

My other issue with making them go hungry is that I really struggle with the idea of sending them to school with no breakfast, when they didn't eat their evening meal the night before, and knowing that they are probably going to refuse to eat their lunch!

I think I'm going to have to take it a bit slower with them because I have been getting myself so stressed about the whole food thing.  I ended up in tears a couple of times last week  :'( which isn't going to do any of us any good. Food and mealtimes should be happy times not miserable moments of high stress!

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Parenting / Fussy kids!
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:50:58 PM »
Hi, I have been convinced that I wanted to improve mine and my kids diet for ages, not to lose weight, just to be healthier, so no fads.  I wanted a good long term approach that made sense and gave us as much variety of foods as possible.  After much research I have decided to give Paleo a try.  We're only a few days in and I'm loving it - haven't even had any real cravings YET!  ;D  My problem is my kids.

I have two girls aged 8 & 6 and they are both fussy eaters in different ways.  My eldest will eat some vegetables, doesn't like much meat (only minced beef, bacon and sausage) and won't entertain fresh fruit.  My youngest loves meat (apart from minced beef), loves fresh fruit but won't touch vegetables.  Neither of them like eggs.  They both ate quite a lot of bread (toast in the morning and sandwiches in their packed lunch) and my youngest lived on pasta at every meal, but no sauces, she won't eat sauce or gravy with anything. I am really struggling to find alternatives that they will eat and feel as though I am starving them at the moment  :( I can't even say that one meal in particular is more problematic as everything I give them they hate and refuse to eat.  :'(

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I can give them to eat it would be much appreciated.  :)

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