Of course I'd never let a child starve BUT. My nephew is really testing my patience this morning. My niece and nephew ( 9 and 7) slept over last night. This morning I asked them and my own 2 oldest ( 3 and 5) would all like for breakfast and gave them some options. They all agreed on pancakes. So I made pancakes and put out fresh fruit salad and also bacon. They were sitting eating and chatting about how we will be going to the beach this afternoon. I saw my nephew sitting not eating and pouting. I asked what was wrong. He said. " I hate these pancakes. I need something else." If it was MY kid well you eat what I give you. But it's not so I wanted to make sure he ate. I suggested the fruit and he declined. I gave other options. I said I have bagels and cereal. He chose cereal. I had him come in the pantry to choose. He got very upset and said " I don't like any of these!" I suggested the bagel again. He said fine. So he sits down, I got him to eat a little fruit as I cut and toasted his bagel. He said he'd like cream cheese and so I put it on for him. He took a bit and got upset. He said it tasted funny. Then he got up from the table and threw himself on the couch in the family room and said he wasn't eating.
So I should say the bagel was whole wheat, the pancakes were buckwheat. And the cereals were not sugary. "Kid cereal". But my 9 yr old Niece said "Zia ( aunt in Italian) I love this breakfast. I like the pancakes". So yes my kids are used to it but she's not and she was fine. And honestly it's not like its so different then regular pancakes or bagel that it was " disgusting" as he complained. Then he told me "next time i come get food i like Zia!" Wow. i would hope my kids would never behave that way in someone's house. If you don't like something you politely say no thank you. Not have a fit and throw yourself around. So now I have a little grump on my hands all day. I just left a banana and granola bar on the table. I'm over it.
Update: when I came downstairs from changing the baby he was eating the banana and granola bar like a happy little camper. I packed snacks for them to take to the beach this afternoon and had him help me so I knew there would be something he'd like. He chose goldfish crackers and some watermelon. Perfect!
on Jun. 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM