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Old 04-02-2008, 08:02 AM   #11
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Kids may be finicky...but they also need to be TOLD what to eat. (although may not be easy...but they have to realize who is in charge) When I was a kid...I may have not liked what my mom cooked...but I ate it...because it was my only option...either that or go hungry that night. Kids can choose to eat whatever they want when they get older....but by that time maybe they will realize how fortunate they were to have caring parents and thank them for never letting them eat crap as a kid.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:04 AM   #12
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Sure, they are told what to eat. But my daughter eating a whole chicken breast with a small amount of breading eagerly once a week, if that, vs. fighting / hunger, well I say there are some battles I am willing to fight.

Careful, we are heading into Parenting Judgement territory. <Puts on helmet>


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Old 04-02-2008, 09:12 AM   #13
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I don't have kids....so I am out of the fight. I've take my role in life to just teaching and sometimes scolding the parents....someone has to put them in Time Out. Raising kids is not easy....but then again nothing worthwhile in life usually is.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:31 AM   #14
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Back on topic. This has made me rethink the SnB, critique is always helpful. So thanks.

With all the meats and cheeses available I have no problem (yet, knock on wood) with boredom. But what can I do for a nice treat at school? When my kids don't have a 'cakey' treat and their friends poke fun, saying 'It's healthier' will just cause more teasing. Nuts are forbidden in the school, so dark choc almonds are out, which was one friend's idea. I mean, who as a kid didn't like seeing a cupcake in the bottom of their lunch bag from time to time.

And of all things - I packed my son some sushi to take to school. One had fish eggs on it, and he was teased about that. sigh. Here I thought he had a pretty cool lunch. (Yes I know it has rice) .


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Old 04-02-2008, 10:45 AM   #15
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Jason, you could try to find different kinds of exotic dried fruit. That might have a bit of a coolness factor - they're bright colored and look tempting, I bet the other kids will be asking to try some. Strawberries are especially good.
Maybe some plain yogurt with chopped up fresh fruit packed separately (in place of all the nasty toppings out there).
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:08 PM   #16
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I can totally relate with the kids thing! With 4 kids and only one still home, life has had its challenges!! I was always "heath conscious" with them growing up--just my focus has shifted over the years. But I do have to say my kids have always been exposed to and eaten fruits and veggies. Gittit's thoughts about exotics may work and may not!! Mine love anything different! But kids can be kids and others will tease!

My oldest who is now a Dad himself, used to take a cupcake here and there and leave over the topping and only eat the bottom. He also took those little Hungarian plums and clementines a lot!! I remember at one point I used to feed them miso soup for breakfast and sometimes it was just watermelon or fruits (my phases!!) and his teachers used to tell him he needed a roll or something!!

Thankfully the issues arent really mine anymore

Now if I can only convince my youngest daughter, a teen, why she needs more than just a salad or a bagel for lunch! Well, today I convinced her to take a small can of salmon with her salad and some chopped nuts! What an improvement! I think tomorrow she is taking homemade corn salad with cheese and a mini bagel! I am trying!

Just set an example and hopefully one day they will realize!! It is possible--my older daughter is having a home birth since she doesnt want all the intervention!! I would never have thought that!!
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:04 PM   #17
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I don't have kids....so I am out of the fight. I've take my role in life to just teaching and sometimes scolding the parents....someone has to put them in Time Out. Raising kids is not easy....but then again nothing worthwhile in life usually is.
My daughter eats paleo because I make good dishes, and I let her help etc. As for TELLING kids. I hear you, but man you have no idea what its like to be a parent until you are one.

Mind you I was raised by a military general and it was just like that.
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:15 AM   #18
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Thus far it's been much easier getting Connor(2) to eat Paleo-ish because it's pretty much all he has gotten. We still do noodles and other stuff every now and then. I've found it much much harder to get Chase(13) and Hunter(9) to try new things/dishes but it has gotten a lot better than when I originally met them when their mom and I were dating.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:50 AM   #19
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We tell our kids like it is. At 3 and almost 5 they know that certain foods are "poison", a bit extreme, but it works. We must have said this once referring to McDonald's and it juts stuck with them.

They for the most part choose very healthy, paleo foods. We just don't buy anything else, so it is not in our house. They do know that if they are away with Nana and eat something that is not so healthy, that they usually won't feel so great after.

I think the important thing is to teach them why they shouldn't eat the foods, to encourage them to make the right decision for themselves, especially from when they are out from under your wing
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:05 AM   #20
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As far as desserts go, I highly recommend finding the recipe that (Sarena??) posted for paleo-friendly black bean brownies. I halved the recommended amount of sweetener since I was using honey, and my husband and I LOVED them with a little coconut milk on top, but if I were making them for the younger kids I'd use the full amount of honey - not sweet enough for them.

Boredom: Is it yours or theirs? What did you use to eat (er, THEY use to eat) that they're not eating now?

One of the best things I did was to take some time for a couple of months and write down the basic meal contents that we just ate and how the kids responded to it. That netted me a dozen favorite meals and another dozen can-make meals - that's quite a while with no repeats. And there's nothing wrong with always having breaded chicken on Wednesdays.

I will say, though, it's really nice now that their taste buds are developing more into adult taste preferences. I can add large pieces of onions or peppers most of the time, and chili powder!

One more thing that one of the kids liked, to my surprise, is "zucchini noodles" - essentially, you get small zucchini and peel down the length of it with a vegetable peeler until it's reduced to a lot of very thin strips the width of the zucchini. I put these in soup or whatever. Her older sister doesn't like them at all though.
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