|Veggies from our garden|
It seems that one of the consistent "downs" is around dinnertime. George and I firmly believe making two dinners (one for the kids and one for us) is completely out of the question. Everyone should have the same dinner. Fair enough, right? I mean, who has the time or inclination to make two dinners everyday? So George no longer uses hot spices and he chooses pretty basic foods kids enjoy (like chicken). But every night it's the same thing:
- one kid picks through the ingredients saying "i don't like this" even though he has no idea what it is.
- one kid arbitrarily saying "I hate tomatoes", even though he loves ketchup, pizza (with sauce) and other tomato related products.
- one kid saying "I hate this" which is hurtful, even though it shouldn't be.
- one kids saying "I'm not hungry" but 15 minutes ago he was running around asking "how much longer for dinner"
And the weirdest thing is how often the kids are asking "What's for dinner?" They'll ask that 5 minutes after waking up, and probably 5 more times during the day. This is just flat out irritating.
We can't win. And it's trying on our nerves.
And sadly, George is losing his passion for cooking. He is such an amazing cook. I mean, this guy can take leftovers from the last three nights and throw together a meal like something you'd find in a restaurant!
My sister had a great suggestion that works (kinda) for us. Each kid can pick a meal for the week. The condition is that everyone must eat their selection as long as they eat everyone else's selection. Works most times. And they actually pick yummy stuff (like Sloppy Joes and Tacos)
We do the whole "no dessert unless you finish your meal" thing. That works sometimes.
In the summer they got to pick veggies from the garden for dinners that were to be made that night. They seemed to get a kick out of that.
My question is this: how do you get kids to eat consistently and healthily without bitching all the time? Or do you resort to giving them pop tarts because it's better than nothing?
Any suggestions/advice/help would be appreciated.