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Do you feed your kids something different than you have at meals?

Some of my friends will cook really good healthy meals, but then feed their kids chicken nuggets and macaroni for every meal because they say they won't eat anything else. However, I raised my kids eating whatever we eat and they are very adventurous with their eating, and eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains that most other kids I know. Which do you do, do you make your kids eat what you serve, or do you cook different things for them?


Asked by AprilDJC at 10:42 PM on Feb. 8, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • They eat what we eat- they love vegetables, salad and colorful (non green) bell peppers are my daughters' favorite foods. When they do get *junk* they get healthy versions. Children will eat healthy if is there from the start and if parents and adults in their life model good, healthy eating behavior. Ex.- they can't hear anyone say such and such is *yucky*. We also talk about what good nutrition does for them and their growing bodies. Keep them from getting sick, shortens their illness when it does happen. Their musculature is incredible. Exercise is also very important. And good nutrition helps support their exercise habit! Dip, sauces, dressing- we don't disallow it- we just encourage healthier versions. If it helps them to get the vegetable habit- why not!!

    Answer by mtnmama111 at 12:35 AM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • he eats what is cooked, im not a short order chef.

    Answer by Chandra034 at 10:44 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • whatever we eat he eats..!!

    Answer by MommaBear1129 at 10:44 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • I prepare the same meal for my whole family. Fortunately my kids are not to fussy. I prepare a salad, rice, steamed vegetable which my kids love to eat. If they did not like the meat or fish I prepared it's not a big deal. would not force them to eat it


    Answer by mommiedear at 10:49 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • lol just making sure i'm not the only one! All my friends are like "Oh we are having chicken and vegetables and rice tonight but I am just making macaroni and nuggets for the kids" and I'm like why can't they eat the chicken, but whatever. It's not my kids lol.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 10:50 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • I don't force my kids to eat anything, but they know if they want to eat then they will eat from what I have prepared because it's usually healthy and tasty.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 10:54 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • it depends. for instance, tonight i'm making crab patties. they hate them. i know this. so i'll make something else for them. since i know they hate them in advance. but mostly they eat what i cook or they make themselves something else, and clean thier mess. mom does not mean maid.

    Answer by princezzmommie at 11:23 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • In our house meals are prepared for us all. Healthy and the occasional mac n cheese on hectic nights.
    There are night's that I'll make them dinner and once their in bed we'll order chicken wings. I don't want them eating that garbage! lol

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 12:00 AM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • The only way there is another meal is on the weekends. Most likely Friday or Satuday where I'm not cooking. We go for take out they get what they want and we get what we want.
    Or if I Barbecue Chicken or Ribs. I don't put barbeq on her chicken or ribs because she has a Phobia with red food...LOL!! I don't know what it is but she is terrified of barbq sauce
    Anyways I don't feed them differently. My kids love Salmon fruits vegetables.

    Answer by mommatime78 at 12:37 AM on Feb. 9, 2009

  • i do..sometimes..but only really on nights that im not really cooking..or dont feel like cooking..i'll make myself some cheese and crackers or something, and my daughter will have a can of alphagettis..but other than that, she eats whatever i make..or else she goes hungry

    Answer by alexis_06 at 3:17 AM on Feb. 9, 2009