Teri - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
We have the girls 50% of the time - every other week and weekend. We try to eat dinner as a family every night, and when the girls are at our house we do what we can to make kid-friendly meals (chicken, turkey, rice, veggies, burgers, etc.)... nothing crazy. It's usually very basic stuff. We just want them to eat a variety of foods. They, however, refuse to eat just about anything we prepare, unless it's chocolate chip pancakes, grilled cheese, or one particular kind of mac & cheese... and even then they complain sometimes. Once in a while they'll eat dinner with minimal complaints, and sometimes they even say they love it, but the next week time we make the same meal they "hate" it and won't eat. It's a constant stuggle... the first thing they say when they get home from school or camp is, "what's for dinner?" with a scowl, and then very clearly show their disappointment when we tell them what we'll be having.
When they're not with us they've told us that they have mac & cheese, pizza, and go out to eat a lot, and that, "Mommy says it's perfectly fine." When they're with her, they tell her what they want for dinner and they get it. What kid wouldn't love that? But we would really love to find a way to let them enjoy their time with her, but also to have fun with us and not stress over dinner. We just want to teach them healthy eating habits and to appreciate what they have. We've thought of taking them to help serve food at a homeless shelter... maybe that would help? As much as I'd like and try to be, I'm just not very optimistic.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great! Thanks!!