Why oh why have meals become such a battle?
Munchkin has been a great eater her whole life. Of course we have had our battles in the past. There was the point where I had thought we might have a vegetarian on our hands (nothing wrong with that !), and over time she started eating meat. We have had the nights where the Pasta Sauce was too spicy (despite it being the same brand she has had since UTERO!)
Our more recent battles have been that of ultimate proportions. One would think she might just want chicken nuggets and mac and cheese… nope not our issues. She will ask for her typical favorites for times when she can make choices (breakfast/lunch) and for dinner she gets the family meal. Almost every single meal is a debacle.
I have taken the approach of well…”Munchkin, if you aren’t hungry you don’t have to eat; however, you can have it for the next meal.” I mostly do this to avoid getting frustrated! Outside I do my best to be cool and calm… but on the inside this is making me insanely crazy!!!!!
Seriously, it doesn’t matter the meal; toast, pancakes, eggs, yogurt parfaits, pizza, chicken, hot dogs, pork chops, pasta…. ANYTHING! Now, I know what you might be thinking… maybe Mae gives her too many snacks? NOPE… NONE if she doesn’t eat a meal and usually she gets one a day. Some Veggie Straws, a few crackers, Pirate’s Booty, nothing super filling.
Rand McNally and I agreed that her clearing her plate wasn’t needed for every meal. Most times she takes a bite or 2 before saying she is full. Her milk is usually not even given to her until she has 4-5 bites.
We have decided if she refuses a meal she gets to see it at the next meal because I HATE to waste food! There are so many people who don’t have food at their disposal like we do. Usually by the next meal she is more willing to eat. I hate it though… I hate this BATTLE.
I am also fearful of what she is teaching Peanut. Peanut is already proving to be pickier then Munchkin was at this point. I have got to come up with something that makes meal times more enjoyable… for ALL of us.