With 3 kids, of varying ages and personalities, I often feel like a short order cook at mealtimes. I admire those parents who can serve an array of vegetables and have their ravenous children fall upon them like mine would cupcakes. I am in awe when moms say “I make one meal and the kids eat it or starve”
In our house, with my stubborn children, very stubborn children, they really would starve.
Our first child set us on the path of no-return. She was anti meat, and anti veg… oh wait, she didn’t eat fruit either. So with an all carb/dairy diet we resorted to sneaking slivers of chicken into her yogurt and making the go-to “mystery muffin” every few days. She is eight now and is a full carnivore, but still has hard limits when it comes to fruit and veg.
Daughter #2 was our easiest eater… well snacker! Happy with an ever changing supply of creative tapa’s, it has always been difficult to get this one to sit & EAT! Bird bones and all she flits through meal times and has her go to feast of a “surprise snack” each day!
We had high hopes for our son… alas, all the picky parts of the girls combined to make the perfect storm. He will commit to one food for a few days, and as we stock up on the flavor of the week, he will decide it is then off the list… never to be eaten again. Our little dude does consume fruit at a rapid pace… and cheese… and hot dogs (blech!)
I know there is a better way and that I should be drawing “lines in the sand” around meal times, instead I am proud that both girls gorge themselves on broccoli, and their pallets are expanding as they mature. Just like I know they won’t be sleeping in our bed at 15, I know they will start to taste and experience a varied diet as they get older.
To appease my guilt, and try and feel more confident that their bodies won’t shut down from lack of nutrients, I do the sneak… We have green “stuff” I can sneak into fruit cups, quinoa I sneak into our spaghetti sauce (eat by candlelight so they don’t see) and the foolproof mystery muffins. And gummies, we stock up and parcel out the IronKids Gummy Vitamins… these things are gold in our house and I seriously have to hide them so they kids don’t eat them all in one sitting (come to think of it, I actually caught hubby “snacking” on the Adult Essential gummies too!)
In short. Kids aren’t perfect, just like moms aren’t perfect, but I am confident that everything will work out in the end… they will eventually read. They will eventually eat the onions I add to spaghetti sauce. They will (yes, I promise) eventually sleep! (although, by then, you might not be!)
And until all the eventually’s arrive, I suggest we smile, nod and sneak whatever we can into their worlds to help them find balance!
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