Every night at dinner, I become unglued. UNGLUED! My children refuse to eat dinner. They will not touch it. Now, let’s get this out of the way now- I am a good cook. I like to cook, I can follow a recipe, I can cook. (sorry to burst the bubbles of any smartasses out there).
Tonight I thought I would do something fun. I made turkey burgers (with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese) and used cooked cutters to make them into hearts and stars and a butterfly, which really just ended up looking like a shoe. I also made “turkey eggs” and then some regular patties for myself. I made a big deal out of it to the kids. After I barbecued them (because it’s 80 degrees here and I can) they ended up with the grill marks, so I called them striped turkey eggs. They were super excited. I baked some criss cut fries and gave them a nice presentation with black olives, one heart and one striped turkey egg each, and fries, with ketchup and BBQ sauce as their choices of dipping sauce.
Eric would not touch it. He wouldn’t even try it. Ally ate most, she is easier than he is, but she is her own story.
These are our rules:
1. You have to try it, but you are allowed to not like it if you try it.
2. I will NOT make them anything else to eat. You don’t eat what I cook, you don’t eat.
3. We have even started taking their milks away since that will usually fill them up a little (we are trying to make them hungry and want to eat).
4. If you want dessert, you have to finish your dinner.
5. If you don’t try it, you have to go to your room. Toys are taken out of their rooms.
They would be very happy eating Mac and cheese and chicken nuggets every day, but I refuse to feed them that crap. Maybe once a week they get one, but I would rather they not have it at all. I even tried giving Eric organic Mac and cheese that looks the same as easy Mac and he won’t eat it. He is the biggest challenge. He will eat chicken sometimes, and will devour a certain kind that I make, but if it’s in a different form, he says he doesn’t like it. He will sometimes eat the side dishes but nothing else. He won’t even try the food. He will just say “I’m going to my room” and leave the table to his room.
Allison is a little easier. She will at least try something and she will eat much more than Eric, but she takes FOREVER to eat. It takes her 45 minutes to eat a really small meal. I have to hound her to eat, give her a time limit and then throw her food away if she hasn’t finished by bath time. Of course, she throws an EPIC shit fit. She will work for dessert though. If she really wants a cookie, she will wait til the last minute, but she will finish.
By the end of dinner, I am ready to give the both up for adoption and I get so angry that I blow. I guess I am lucky because they will eat fruit and vegetables and cheese. They also eat breakfast and lunch easily. It’s just dinner.
For lunch, they often don’t finish, but we make them finish it before they can have a snack, even if it’s hours later. We cut snacks by 3:30 and we usually eat around 5:30.
I NEED HELP! Even if you read and don’t normally comment, I beg of you…leave me some advice. I want to shove them in the oven every night and am tired of throwing food away. Should I make them eat their dinner for breakfast? I will listen to any and all reasonable advice.