Battlefield: Dinner

by The Momma on July 11, 2011

Last night, the Noodle decided he wasn’t going to eat his dinner. His perfectly lovely, toddler friendly dinner of: teriyaki chicken, rice, fruit cocktail & a cupful of smoothie. No, instead, here’s what he ate for dinner:

3 shreds of colby jack cheese
A fingerful of horseradish mustard
4 frozen blueberries
Water

I…don’t even really know what to say about this meal. I mean…I just don’t know.

The Daddy and I are trying really hard to not make the food thing an issue. The kid eats at least one really good meal a day (usually breakfast. He loves breakfast.) if not two. Three is a rarity. And for the most part, what he does eat is nutritious, fresh, and good for his little body. And I know that he’s not starving, he’s not going hungry, he’s just got better things to do than eat. And I’m not down with making every meal a battle, so we put food out and he eats…or he doesn’t.

But sometimes, I’d just love if he would EAT DINNER. I mean, this is a kid who won’t eat pasta, macaroni & cheese, or pizza. Chicken strips/nuggets (homemade or otherwise) are hit or miss. So even “toddler-friendly” foods? Not so friendly in our house. There are no real fallback dinner foods that we know will always(or usually) work. Even if dinner doesn’t turn into a battle, it’s discouraging to have to REMIND ourselves to not make it a battle.

Oh well, at least he’ll always eat oatmeal.

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shasta July 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

Mittens does that same thing occasionally. I usually don’t fight her when she declares that she’s all done, but I do leave her sippy cup and a handful of Teddy Grahams or veggies sticks out on her play table. As long as she’s getting at least one meal and her vitamin down, I’m cool with it.

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clara July 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

My now-5 y/o ate peanut butter sandwiches, apples, and milk, for every meal, for at least six months straight (between the ages of 2-3, I think?) He did not change into a peanut. I am amazed.

Something about their taste buds developing around age 2. I ‘heard’ this, I haven’t actually read it, but I have noticed that both of my kids’ tastes have changed at 2. (by 4-5 they start changing back, IME)

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Kate July 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

The eating thing with kids is hard because you walk a fine line between having it turn into a full-fledged war and letting them eat whatever floats their boat. Our plan of “attack” is:
Beckett is offered what we are eating each meal. There is always one thing that I know she’ll eat/like/likes/etc… (ex: applesauce, cheese slice, carrot sticks, etc…). That’s her only option for the meal. When she’s hungry – she’ll eat. And, if she’s not, she won’t. It’s amazing how little she can eat during some periods and then how much she can eat at other times.

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