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How Some Kids Eat and Other Thoughts

July 26th, 2015 at 09:55 am

F's sleepover was a success! We had dinner at the pool. The two friends who slept over are extremely picky eaters. I know they eat mac and cheese, but I told them that we were having turkey burgers and that chicken hot dogs were an option; they still chose mac and cheese. So I put the other package of turkey burger in the freezer for another week. We also had roasted mini peppers; I only made half of the bag because I just knew they wouldn't eat very many. One girl had one, the other had a tiny nibble. We also had cherries and strawberries. One girl had three strawberries, the other girl doesn't like fruit (!!?). We had ice cream sundaes with sprinkles and chocolate sauce. They both ate that!

I am blessed with a child that eats everything (except mushrooms). I realize I am very fortunate, and not all children are like this. I was a picky eater when I was little. But the girl who doesn't eat vegetables or fruit is a VEGETARIAN! So she also doesn't eat chicken or fish or beef. She ONLY eats past and pbj's. And ice cream. Oh - and she was very proud that she tried something new and liked it recently (baked beans). If you guessed that she's overweight, you're correct. I've known her since she was 6, and now she's ten. Her parents have always thought she'd grow out of it.

They make a special dinner for her, which I refuse to do. Anyway, it's not my child, and she is a really sweet, wonderful girl (I just worry about her, and it seems like the parents think her eating quirks are funny!).

All the girls were GREAT! They had fun, they giggled, and were asleep by 10. Phew!

Right now F is doing her Khan Academy math work; all the kids going into 5th have to complete 4th grade math as a review. She's 85% complete and wants to get to 90% today. She decided to do 5% a day so she can be finished by Tuesday.

Oh - and her tooth just fell out. The tooth fairy is not currently prepared. I need to slip out for a few minutes.

Otherwise, today will be low-key as it should be after a sleepover. Adult v. kids soccer kickaround at 5 pm.

9 Responses to “How Some Kids Eat and Other Thoughts”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I was such a fussy child! Took me years to get over it.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I was a picky eater, too, and now, unfortunately, I eat everything!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like it was a success!

    I wasn't given a choice of being a picky eater. And I eat most things now and unfortunately, it shows! I have been trying to eat healthy stuff though, but still eat too much.

  4. laura Says:


    I was just telling my husband this morning that I am officially done with picky eaters. And several of mine fall under that category. I have a husband who needs low fat, a daughter who needs high fat, and a newly-ordained vegan in my midst. UGH!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    You certainly had your hands full with the girl's eating habits. Glad the sleepover was a success though! Smile

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    My daughter's are both a bit picky, but the older one has grown out of many things. Everyone once in awhile I get a glimpse that my younger daughter will grow out of it as well, she does eat some fruits and some vegetables at least. Smile We don't praise it in the least, but do accommodate in some ways such as have her eat refried beans on her taco instead of meat for example.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    All of a sudden my daughter will eat anything. I couldn't be happier. I don't know what changed except age, but she tried cow tongue(!!!!) at French camp.

    Congrats on getting through the sleepover. I find them very challenging.

  8. Buendia Says:

    Cow tongue! I remember eating that when I was young and not understanding it was actually a tongue. When I found out, I felt like I'd been tricked!

    I was also picky and grew out of it, so I'm sympathetic. Also glad that F isn't like that (although when we eat crustless quiche she gets it deconstructed... a little bit of everything that goes into the quiche on her plate - so I'm not making a whole other meal).

    I like the sleepovers, actually! The girls are funny and cute and they actually go to bed when you tell them to. They spent about half an hour in bed before lights out reading Harry Potter to each other.

  9. Jenn Says:

    You hit one of my pet peeves! We decided years ago not to accommodate picky eating, and I don't regret it. Mine would eat mac & cheese every meal if that was an option. But it's seldom an option. Not one of them has ever been overweight or underweight.

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