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Jane - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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6 years old, picky eater, nut allergies, does not like meat or lettuce - HELP!!!

ever since she started going to school and listening to the other kids saying things like " eugh - yucky" or saying they dont eat this, that or the other , she has become a picky eater and no amount of bribary, cajouling or bullying or anything can get her to see sense. any ideas?

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Angela - posted on 03/14/2009

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I agree - My olderst was bringing her sandwich home from school quite a bit, so we finally asked her what was wrong. She said she didn't like what we made for her. She was 6. So we started "letting" her make her own lunch. That way she had to like what she made. The school has rules against nuts and eggs so we make sure none of that goes in her lunch, but she's 10 now and eats her lunch every day. We do what I call a random "mommy check" after she goes to bed every once in a while to keep her on her toes to ensure she's not packing all junk food. If we find too many Oreos and not enough fruit, something gets mysteriously replaced that evening. She doesn't find it until she gets to school. LOL

Angela - posted on 03/14/2009

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put things you would like her to eat on the table and ask her to make her own lunch worked for my eldest

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Maria - posted on 03/17/2009

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What about getting a thermos to put in hot lunches. I have one that I even take with me to work and I can heat up pasta or soup and put it in the thermos and it keeps it hot for the day. I even do this with my own kids and have sent in rice. This helps when they can not get a hot lunch at school, especially during the winter months.

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2009

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I know for my daughter's lunches of course the old realible sammy has gotten old and like another mom...she was bringing her's home. So we ask her what was wrong and she said that it was getting old. So we went and bought the sandwich wraps and then tired different things in them, done the ham and cheese, tuna fish, bologna and cheese...etc...and once we rolled them up we let her cut them...with our hand over the knife of course, but because she "fixed" them she wanted to eat them...



Also just like yours she would come home and I would fix something that I knew she liked but then started not eating it and it was because the other kids didn't like what ever. So at supper time we would tell her she had to take the number of bites of the food for however old she is..so she would have to take 5 bites of whatever we was eating. Then after she relized she was still going to have to eat it, she stopped the whole I don't like it bit...



We are the type that we are not short order cooks and our kids eat what is on the table or they go without. And I know it is because of this that our kids will eat those "strange" foods that other 6 and 4 yr olds will not. Also when she would come home and she still had half of her food in the lunch box she wouldn't get any snacks before supper.



Hope some of this helps you!



Jenn

Kristen - posted on 03/17/2009

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Don't know about you guys, but my son loves those little lunchables...  For crackers and cheese those little boxes are expensive.  I buy lunch meat.  Cut them up into little squares, cut cheese, & add crackers.  They make their own lunch at lunch...  sometimes I add chopped lettuce and sliced cherry tomato, and he's eating a grown up sandwich...

Sadie - posted on 03/15/2009

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I found the best cookie cutters made just for sandwiches. They cut the crust off but not all of the bread and make cool shapes at the same time. We have hearts and dinosaurs. As far as not liking meat my daughter likes mayo and cheese sandwiches, it may be weird but she eats it all up!

Janice - posted on 03/15/2009

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My 5 year old likes anything that has a bit of a twist, makes it more fun to eat. She doesnt like regular sandwiches, but she loves these roll up sandwiches. You take a piece of bread, cut off the crusts and roll it flat with a soup can. Then you spread with jam or Cheez Whiz or a slice of cheese and roll it up. Then you slice them, so they look like little cinnamon rolls. She always eats these. She also loves grapes and squares of cheese threaded on a toothpick. I stopped worrying about her not eating meat and veggies at lunch, would rather know she is eating something than it going in the garbage. Good luck!

Brandi - posted on 03/15/2009

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Quoting Edith:



That is a wonderful idea....letting the child pack the lunch herself....I'll have to try that with my son, he is 8. I don't think I can trust my 5 year old yet. LOL   She would go to school with just oreo cookies or grandma's cookies!






Does anyone know of a good book, or website, where I can get some new ideas to pack lunches? The old belogna sandwich, cheese sandwich is getting old......






Try the 'Everyday with Racheal Ray' mag for new ideas.  Every other month she runs an article with new/creative kid lunch ideas...like 'bento box' lunch.   Also a fav at my house for lunches is a sliced Apple (or pear) sandwich with cheddar cheese (melt it a little then let it cool).  Also, try vegi cream cheese (shredded zuc. carrets, little garlic and onion powder/salt beat together with brick cream cheese that has been softed) on whatever bread substance is availble...even good on chelery sticks!. 

Krista - posted on 03/14/2009

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what about buying a thermos.  then you can do mac n cheese or spaghetti or soup .... really anything hot.  good luck

Edith - posted on 03/14/2009

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That is a wonderful idea....letting the child pack the lunch herself....I'll have to try that with my son, he is 8. I don't think I can trust my 5 year old yet. LOL   She would go to school with just oreo cookies or grandma's cookies!



Does anyone know of a good book, or website, where I can get some new ideas to pack lunches? The old belogna sandwich, cheese sandwich is getting old......

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