Tuesday, February 8, 2011
BUT I DONT LIKE THAT!!!
~"I DON'T want anymore"
~"I WANT KETCHUP"
~"I'm NOT hungry!"
Hearing any of those statements once more in this lifetime, might just make me pull my hair out!!!
What is it with kids? Why won't they eat?
My 1 year old will eat pretty much anything I put in front of her (for now!).. her big sister though is a completely different story!
I think that I did everything "right"... As a baby, I gave her veggies, and meat, fruit last so that she wouldn't get to love the taste of sweet stuff first. I've always given her a little of everything to try.
Seriously though, the kids is like nothing you've ever seen before! Even since she was a baby, she could put a handful of something in her mouth. If there is even a small piece of meat in there,,, she pulls it out at the end. How does she taste that??
It was a little frustrating when she was a baby,, but now that she can vocalize what she does/doesn't want, its a LOT frustrating.
She doesn't like veggies, she doesn't like meat. She doesn't like pasta sauce.
What am I supposed to feed the child???
I know that most of what I'm giving her is high in this and full of that, and I know that is not okay, but I really just don't have the energy to fight about it every night.
I could spend hours shopping, reading, cooking, doing whatever I can to prepare the "perfect" meal that she will eat.. only to have her push her plate across the table and cross her arms across her chest!!!
So, Kraft dinner and wieners, Alphagetti, grilled cheese, pizza pops, pasta shells with butter, and Tim Horton's bagels all start to look a whole lot better in my eyes! When I'm at the end of my rope,,so be it!
She eats fruit and loves yogurt, but when it comes to veggies and meat,, she just won't have any part of it!
Some days, she won't even eat what she does like! (that really makes mommy angry!)
So many people tell me that she'll eat if she's hungry (maybe eventually, but we've gone hours and hours).That I should make her eat whatever is put in front of her.(they should try that for me!) I have tried threatening and not giving dessert (she doesn't care! She even tells people quite proudly "I can't have dessert because I was bad and didn't eat my supper).
Sorry people,, it doesn't work, and again,, I really don't have the energy or patience to fight with her every night.
In this day and age with the pressures of Organic, and healthy, I can't help but feel guilty every time I give her something to eat. I mean, it's not like I want to be feeding my children food like this every day.
Maybe I'm being selfish. Maybe I should spend more time and energy trying to get the proper food into her.
What is the right answer?
My kids don't sit and eat chips and chocolate or drink pop every day. They don't get treats every time I go out or do the shopping, but they definitely don't have the healthiest of meals and they do eat Dunkaroos and Oreo cookies..
Look at what we ate when we were kids, we didn't have organic this and low fat that! For the most part, we're all still pretty healthy, right?
I'm not knocking anyone who follows a (much more) healthy lifestyle than me. In fact, I wish every day that I could be more like it! I have actually been trying a lot harder lately. However, I wish that we didn't have to feel so bad about giving our kids the only food that they will eat.
After all, it's not going to be like this forever. Everyone knows that kids go through this phase....right??!!!
Now, if you'll excuse me,, I have some Hamburger Helper to go make!!! HA!!!
Posted by NotSoSilentMommy at 3:27 PM