Valerie - posted on 06/08/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )
I have a 6.5 y.o., a 5 y.o. and a 3 y.o. - ALL BOYS!
For breakfast, we normally eat just cold cereal on weekdays. My two oldest always have Raisin Bran with sliced banana on it. Often they want a second bowl (without the banana), and most of the time I give it to them. THEN they usually want at least one piece of toast. THEN a 3rd bowl of cereal. THEN more toast.
Lunch is usually sandwiches, and when I serve PB&J's my 2 oldest will want THREE each. If it's meat & cheese, they'll each want two.
Getting them to eat dinner is usually a struggle because they seem to dislike most anything I make.
My frustration is that breakfast and lunch seem to take over an hour each and I am becoming resentful about how demanding they are and how quickly we go through the food I buy. My husband is also really upset about how fast food disappears around here. Especially at midnight when he goes for his nightly snack and finds out all the Raisin Bran is gone!
So, here are my questions:
It is okay to just say NO when they ask for more, or am I jeopardizing their health?
Without going into the whole "there are starving kids in Africa" speech, how do I teach my kids that they should be thankful they even have regular meals and that I don't want them having attitudes of selfishness and gluttony?
How will they ever understand that we need to be good stewards of the money we have if every time they ask for another sandwich, I just go make them one?
I've begun cutting them off after 2 bowls of cereal and one piece of toast or 2 sandwiches. I try to explain to them that I really can't spend ALL DAY feeding them because we have chores and school to do and that we really can't afford to go through a loaf of bread per day. They act as if they are going to starve to death!
Do you run into these issues, and how have you dealt with them????