Amy - posted on 11/13/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
I'm a step mum of 3 wonderful boys, 10,7,5. My husband and I have 50/50 custody with his ex wife.
We are both getting frustrated with the fact that they won't eat vegetables or anything that is 'outside the box' . We have been trying for so long to get the kids to eat different fruit and veggies, and are getting frustrated because all we are hearing is 'i hate that' or 'im not eating that' because they are allowed to be fussy at their mothers house.
She hates cooking, and i love it. I try to come up with new recipes for the kids to try for both dinner and school lunches, but i feel like i'm talking to a brick wall because it's always the same answer from the kids, even when i know they haven't tried it because i've talked to their mum.
She is a very fussy and visual eater and won't make the kids eat anything that she doesn't like, which makes it hard for us as we love veggies and trying new foods. We have spoken to her about it and our frustration at how much food gets wasted. She doesn't seem to care because its not her food or money. (she is very money orientated).
We have the 'eat what is there or go to bed' rule in our house, and we make sure the kids eat something at least before they go to bed, but i don't know what to do.
I'm sick of missing out on veggies or having to make 2 dinners each fortnight. My brain is overloaded with exhaustion of ideas to try.
Has anyone else had the same issues? Please help me!