Would you order pre-made meals for your children?

Chelsea - posted on 11/16/2016 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mom with a 7 year old and 1 year old. I really enjoy cooking but I am finding that when I prepare meals for my one year old it ends up being very wasteful. I make her meals separate from the rest of our family's because she eats dinner much earlier than the rest of my family and I'm trying to really focus on the food groups and health of each meal. I have been thinking about talking to local moms to see if there would be any interest in providing children size portioned meals that are organic and as in-processed as possible for a small fee. Would any of you be interested in a service like this if it was offered? I've seen websites in NYC but not anywhere else....

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Dove - posted on 11/18/2016

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You didn't get any judgement or negativity. You got answers (with details) to your question... *Would any of you be interested in a service like this if it was offered?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/18/2016

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Oh, and as far as the career thing... my husband usually left the house around 5 am and didn't return from his job until well after 8 pm most nights, but I worked our schedule to accommodate his. This is not being judgemental either, it is making a statement. Yes, every family is different, and needs to manage their time together as well as they can, so I am not sure why that was really relevant. I mean, if you truly want to fill a niche for the working parent, there may very well be some interest out there.

Off topic for a minute, I have always wondered about the job perqs as a pilot. Would he be able to get discounted flights for you as a family, for instance? Just curious😋

Back on topic now. You aren't always going to hear or read what you want to as responses to your questions online. You need to read with an open mind, and not automatically assume that the world is ranged against you. Is your family putting up barriers to this idea? Is that why you were so quickly defensive?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/18/2016

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So, you just wanted simple yes or no answers? That really wouldn't have been very informative for you, as an information seeking person.

What was judgemental? We stated whether we would, or nor, and why. Most of the time, when someone is trying to gather information, they prefer to have the added info.

Negativity wasn't displayed here either, just straight forward answers. You actually gave validation to my comment about knowing where your food comes from, with your comment about farmer's markets. Actually, I run a market where I live, so I know how hard it truly is to find good, honest producers. Furthermore, I, specifically stated that if there was a niche in your area for that sort of thing, to go for it, and best of luck! How, exactly, is that a judgemental or negative statement?

Did you just want to see "oh, absolutely, please put me on your mailing list" as your responses?

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2016

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No one was judging you. This is an international forum and you will get a lot of different opinions.
If I couldn't sit down together I would also do what Jodi said and cook 1 meal and reheat when needed. Even when my kids were young, I made all the baby food and froze it in portions. Very rarely did I buy jars or cans of baby food in the supermarket. I have 3 children so I learned how to manage my time.

Ev - posted on 11/18/2016

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I also was not judging you but telling you how I did things and still do things.

Jodi - posted on 11/18/2016

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You asked if anyone would be interested in a service like this, and we answered the question and told you why. That's not being judgemental. That's called answering the question. To be honest, if I was in your situation, I would still be cooking everyone the same meal, just covering and reheating if we couldn't all sit down together, I certainly wouldn't be buying packaged foods for one of them. Am I still being judgemental in saying that? Or just answering the question you asked honestly?

Chelsea - posted on 11/18/2016

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I guess I should have pointed out that my husband is a pilot and we very rarely get to share dinner together and our schedules are very difficult as he builds his career, my oldest daughter has activities in the evening that I require assistance from family members for transportation at times, and my youngest struggled for a very long time with a schedule that fit her needs... I also should have pointed out that I was asking because I find it to be frustrating that providing my youngest with quick healthy snacks/ meals is a little more difficult than I think it should be. The baby isle at the local grocery store is loaded with preservatives and unhealthy options. I realize that my local farmer's market or whole foods provides a lot of different healthy options but I was just curious on others thoughts. This is the first time I have ever used a resource like a blog for moms to get advice or share thoughts out of fear of judgment. I was looking for positive feedback or even some ideas but I will not be posting again. Every family is different and every parent plays with the cards they are dealt to the best of their ability. I NEVER asked for anyone's opinions regarding meal times. I think it's wonderful that you all are able to sit down at the same time and enjoy a meal as a family. I don't have that luxury at the moment. Next time you have something to say that may come off as judgmental please consider the fact that not everyone is the same and if someone reaches out on this website like this for opinions or advice, they aren't looking for the negative. Enjoy your dinner this evening and if you are the type to pray, thank God for the ability to be able to sit down with your family and enjoy a meal together, there are many people that aren't as blessed as you are.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/17/2016

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I had typed an answer yesterday, but apparently...lol...

I never did when my kids were young.

For one, I used the time at the store as a learning tool, even for the one year old.
For another, we always prepared the meals as a family. Yes, even the one year old got to help.

Finally, I am not trusting of boxed ingredients. I know where all of my food comes from. I get beef from a local rancher. Same with produce. What I don't grow, I purchase from someone I know. I am skeptical of the mail order meals I have seen.

However, if there is a niche in your area, go for it. I wish you the best in your endeavors!

Ev - posted on 11/17/2016

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Regardless of having someone else make these meals or you doing so, it makes more work making special meals for one or two others in the family and kids will never learn to eat what the rest will if you do this. Also, make your own food at home. You can get fresh foods where you live and make your own stuff for baby to eat.

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2016

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I'm with the other ladies.
We always eat our meals together and have since the children were born. It's a great time sit down and actually talk with each other without other distractions. It also promotes healthy eating habits.
I wouldn't use a service like that.

Sarah - posted on 11/17/2016

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I am with Jodi. We usually eat meals together as a family even if that means eating earlier or later. You may have some interest, but but doctors will usually suggest eating together as a family as this gets your 1 yr old to eat more and more varieties. A toddler will eat better and try more different foods when they see other family members doing so at the same time. I know in life that is not always possible, but that is when we do what Jodi foes and just make more the night before that can be given to the child the next night.

Jodi - posted on 11/16/2016

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Um, no, never have. My kids have been raised eating the food I cook for the entire family. If their meal time is separate, then I will make sure I cook enough of the night before's meal to suit the child, but actually, we have always had dinner as a family, never separately.

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