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

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.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

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.


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)


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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