kids lunch

NIAMH - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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hi i have a 4 year old girl how does not eat fruit and only eats pork,onion&tomato sandwichs and pink yoghurts for lunch anyone ideas for what i can do to get her to try anything different she wont try any kind of food for me

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Lori - posted on 09/09/2009

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I agree that involving children in the cooking process with supervision is fun for them. It also allows them some control in deciding with you what to prepare and will help them make the choice to try this new food.



Always encourage never force--children do use food control as a way to express their independence. Redirecting there need for independence towards being involved in choices will allow their new choices to be expressed and will allow them to be and feel a part to the process.



Children also learn by example so positive remarks from others in the house about how "they want some fruit or veggies" and "how good they taste" was helpful when my kids were small. Also calling undesired foods by new enticing names can work. I referred to a corn muffin as a cup cake to one of the preschoolers I used to work with and his parent were surprised to see him eating it. This child would only eat pop tarts or chicken nuggets.



The next time you go to the doctor ask them their option and if a vitamin supplement should be used until you are able to get her to try new things.

I also agree that the child should eat what is the family meal. My youngest was very picky so I would make the main dish with two sides, one of which would be new to him and he would be encouraged to try it. Usually he did and the times he would not were let go after several times of encouragement so not to ruin his meal by making it an upsetting battle.



In college I came across a study that stated “trying a new food 11 times will cause the person to acquire a taste for it” so keep trying it’s worth a shot. As a kid I didn’t eat tomatoes or broccoli but as a teen and adult like them.



You might try using a chart and stickers to show the times that she tries new food(s) and let her put on the stickers. Then later within her ear shot, brag about willingness to try new foods to other friends and family for which she will receive additional praise and encouragement. She can then tell others about her new food discoveries.

Immediate praise and stars for trying new food is important to encourage the behavior to happen again. At the end of the week you may reward her for her success with a special activity, one on one time with mom or dad, or a small item like crayons, water paints or a character pencil. Putting them in a brown paper bag (grab bag) can also perk up interest for meeting a weekly goal. ~ Good luck

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2009

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Try the adult drinkable yogurts with the fruit chunks in it. Maybe if you start with the strawberry ones she won't be able to tell the difference.

Amy - posted on 09/09/2009

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LOL!!! when my little brother was 2 years old he would go to the kitchen, grab a potato, poke a few holes in it with a fork and microwave it....he did this the first time when he was supposed to be napping, my mom went into the kitchen and asked him what he was doing, he looked up at her like she was crazy and said "bakin' a potato, i'm hungry!"



as a suggestion, try smoothies, made with pink yogurt and fruits like bananas and strawberries, you get all the fruits in there that you could want. if she doesn't eat other things, try food coloring mashed potatoes and rice. use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes. have her help you pick out what she wants and help make the sandwiches

Kylie - posted on 09/08/2009

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have you tried to take her with you to the shops with you so she can try different foods there..getting her involved more in what shes eating she might want it more.also what about wraps she can put whatever she wants in them

Nicola - posted on 09/08/2009

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There are smoothies out there that provide children with their one a day im in the uk so they should make them there only problem is i cant remember the name of them!!! Innocent smoothies, they do kids range an adults. And v8 are available here too. try asda and tesco if they have them there. Also just plain fruit juice apple an orange provid one of their 5 a day.

The way I got my boy to eat fruit was mix it with his yougurt, he loved this an will now eat with out mixing it up. Although i havent got to the fussy eating stage yet he's only 22 mnths!!

good luck with it

NIAMH - posted on 09/08/2009

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im from ireland we have nothing here ha ha ha will try the health shop though thanks a million for the heads up on the juice though it worries me that see does not eat fruit or veg

Casey - posted on 09/08/2009

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Yes, its here in NZ where are you? If not there has to be something simaler .. just get a taste she like! (obviously) Supermarket or Health food shop?

NIAMH - posted on 09/08/2009

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thanks will try that that sounds like the perfect idea would i get that in the supermarket i dont think i have ever seen it

Casey - posted on 09/08/2009

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have you tried citrus V8 juice?tastes like OJ but has all an equivilant of 5 servings of fruit and veges. And by the way ... tomato is a fruit!!

NIAMH - posted on 09/08/2009

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its really only lunch that i have a problem it if she had it her way she would eat yoghurt and chessestrings all day every day i really would like her to eat fruit

NIAMH - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting NIAMH:

kids lunch

my 4 year old who makes scrambled eggs 



sorry i logged out last night and did not see all the comments but would just like to clear up on one thing   I DO NOT LET MY CHILD COOK ON THE STOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THE MICROWAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!



i have always supervised abbie when she makes scrambled eggs i did mention im a chef i know the bad things that can happen to grown ups who have trained to be in a kitchen



 



so there is no way i leave her on her own i am always beside her i take the hot bowl out and in to the microwave and i turn it on and off so she is no where near it so for all of ye people out there that think i would put my kid at risk i hope this clears it up for ye



 



i would like to add i think it is good for kids help out with cooking abbie has always shown an interest in it and i will always incourage it with supervision at all times that is!!!!!!!!!! 

Shelley - posted on 09/07/2009

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my sons school has fruits in schools each day they get supplied with a fruit of some sort and have a time they sit and eat it while being read a story, ive seen children go from refusing so badly to trying it then loving it

Charlie - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Hanna:



Quoting Liz:




Quoting NIAMH:

im a chef so i do that for main meals and i call everthing chicken ha ha ha see loves fish but to her its special chicken i make her do everything she makes scrambled eggs all by herself now will look up kids snacks thanks im just worried she is not getting enough to eat in school and want to avoid cereal bars and stuff








You let a 4 year old COOK ON A STOVE TOP TO MAKE SCRAMBLED EGGS?!?!?!?!?!!









and what's wrong with that if it's supervised????? i helped my mom & grandma since i was 2 first to mix, then to stir while on a stove top & by 6 i was able to make my own breakfast & didn't have to wake up my family to feed me and was even cooking/lunch breakfast for the whole family occasionally. as long as she is right there to supervise and to make sure that her daughter is safe, i really don't see the problem with teaching the girl how to cook.





as far as your main question: i agree with other moms who say that you need to minimize the opportunities for her to eat her favorite foods. just put whatever u think is best in front of her, what the whole family eats -- it's not a restaurant, she doesn't get to pick from the menu. and don't make a big deal out of it i.e. just put it in front of her and that's that.

if you want, try to make foods "fun" -- cut out shapes out it (i remember my mom used to make shapes out of cheese because i didn't like to eat it), mix her favorites with her non-favorites but mix them in so that she can't take it out & eat just that. good luck!!!


I am a teacher for 4-5year olds and we always let them make their own Pizza's , sushi , they bake cakes and help make pancakes they even cut their own vegies up for morning tea with childrens knives , so dont freak out ! and with adult supervision .



The benefits of letting children be apart of the cooking experiance are enormous :



Fine motor skills are developed



Sensory exploration with smell , taste and touch



A widened knowledge of foods and a broader pallette ( encourages to try new foods )



Mathematical skills through measurement and number of ingreadients



broadened vocabulary skills



learn safety precautions



you will find children are often proud of their work and will often eat ANYTHING they have a hand in cooking .



Cooking with children is a fun and rewarding experiance .

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maybe you could try a PB&J or just PB if she hates jelly and cut it with a cookie cutter into a fun shape. Or a grilled cheese with tomato soup, maybe if she likes tomato, she'll like the soup too. I've seen some chicken nuggets in fun shapes too, in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. And if she dips them in ketchup, she might like that. Have you tried mac n cheese? Will she try hot dogs? You could do pigs in a blanket. Or celery with PB and raisins (ants on a log) lol..I hope at least one of these suggestions was helpful : )

Stefanie - posted on 09/07/2009

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Try chocolate covered strawberries or cherries. Or just keep offering them and eventually she will try them. Studies show that you will offer a particular type of food 25 times (if I remember right) before your child will even TRY it. Just keep offering!

Casey - posted on 09/07/2009

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i actually think its awesome she gets her daughter to cook. So many kids don't know where their food comes from or how it is prepared. My daughter helps me bake, and put ingredients into whatever it is I'm cooking. Shes loves it. If its supervised of course over a hot element, but if shes anything like my four year old shes a smart cookie who can handle the responsibility of learning to cook.

Liz - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Hanna:



Quoting Liz:




Quoting NIAMH:

im a chef so i do that for main meals and i call everthing chicken ha ha ha see loves fish but to her its special chicken i make her do everything she makes scrambled eggs all by herself now will look up kids snacks thanks im just worried she is not getting enough to eat in school and want to avoid cereal bars and stuff








You let a 4 year old COOK ON A STOVE TOP TO MAKE SCRAMBLED EGGS?!?!?!?!?!!









and what's wrong with that if it's supervised????? i helped my mom & grandma since i was 2 first to mix, then to stir while on a stove top & by 6 i was able to make my own breakfast & didn't have to wake up my family to feed me and was even cooking/lunch breakfast for the whole family occasionally. as long as she is right there to supervise and to make sure that her daughter is safe, i really don't see the problem with teaching the girl how to cook.






Wow is all I can say. Damn lazy parents if they cant get up to make their child breakfast.



There is no way in hell I would let my child use the stove until he was about 10.



 



Maybe this is why so many children are burned with stoves and ovens each year. I had no clue so many parents were so careless.

Hanna - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Liz:



Quoting NIAMH:

im a chef so i do that for main meals and i call everthing chicken ha ha ha see loves fish but to her its special chicken i make her do everything she makes scrambled eggs all by herself now will look up kids snacks thanks im just worried she is not getting enough to eat in school and want to avoid cereal bars and stuff






You let a 4 year old COOK ON A STOVE TOP TO MAKE SCRAMBLED EGGS?!?!?!?!?!!





and what's wrong with that if it's supervised????? i helped my mom & grandma since i was 2 first to mix, then to stir while on a stove top & by 6 i was able to make my own breakfast & didn't have to wake up my family to feed me and was even cooking/lunch breakfast for the whole family occasionally. as long as she is right there to supervise and to make sure that her daughter is safe, i really don't see the problem with teaching the girl how to cook.





as far as your main question: i agree with other moms who say that you need to minimize the opportunities for her to eat her favorite foods. just put whatever u think is best in front of her, what the whole family eats -- it's not a restaurant, she doesn't get to pick from the menu. and don't make a big deal out of it i.e. just put it in front of her and that's that.



if you want, try to make foods "fun" -- cut out shapes out it (i remember my mom used to make shapes out of cheese because i didn't like to eat it), mix her favorites with her non-favorites but mix them in so that she can't take it out & eat just that. good luck!!!

Liz - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting NIAMH:

im a chef so i do that for main meals and i call everthing chicken ha ha ha see loves fish but to her its special chicken i make her do everything she makes scrambled eggs all by herself now will look up kids snacks thanks im just worried she is not getting enough to eat in school and want to avoid cereal bars and stuff



You let a 4 year old COOK ON A STOVE TOP TO MAKE SCRAMBLED EGGS?!?!?!?!?!!

NIAMH - posted on 09/07/2009

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im a chef so i do that for main meals and i call everthing chicken ha ha ha see loves fish but to her its special chicken i make her do everything she makes scrambled eggs all by herself now will look up kids snacks thanks im just worried she is not getting enough to eat in school and want to avoid cereal bars and stuff

Meikjn - posted on 09/07/2009

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if you stop giving her the things she will "only eat" compleatly it will force her to try new things. she may be whiney and hungry for a few days to a week but in the end she will have to try new things. I have a subborn 4 year old too. sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.

Mandee - posted on 09/07/2009

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Get creative, very creative. I found that it's usually eaiser to start with snack foods and mix in other things... once she accepts that you can move on to the main meals. Do a search for "kids snacks" and you'll get a ton of receipes back. Most importantly, have them help you make it. I don't know why, but when they make it they're more likely to eat it.

NIAMH - posted on 09/07/2009

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she wont eat jelly for me and if it looks like fruit she will not touch it let alone eat it ive taken her to a food specialist and there is nothing wrong because she eats all different of foods

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