Ways I get my Children to Eat

We have all been there. You make a meal and scoop a few veggies onto your child’s plate and you feel in the pit of your stomach the dread you see on their face. Will they actually eat it? Bristol, my 4 year old is never predictable. You could make her the same meal 2 days in a row, the first day she eats it all up and the second day she acts like you poisoned it. The full on tears and gagging make me feel a little insane. Jonas is older so you’d think by now he would have figured this out. He will sit at the table forever with a chewed pile of mixed meat and veggies piled in the side of his cheek. I realized how desperate I have become to make them eat more veggies when I was thinking of the many ways we have gotten through dinner. Here are just a few,

*Please note, I do not recommend any of these ideas. These are desperate attempts from a “winging it Mama” This is an advisory to parents to know what NOT to do! 😀

 

 

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Eat the same amount of bites as their age.

“Only 4 more bites and you are all done!” (Or 9 if its’s Jonas) This one I remember from my mother. It kind of works but makes dinner last foreverrrrrr. Jonas will also claim he ate all 9 bites when all his food combined was only 5 bites anyway.

The Bribe

“If you finish your food I’ll give you a piece of candy. As I hear the words coming out of my mouth I realize how useless this is. By forcing them to eat that last bit of veggie I am then giving them junk which basically crosses out the fact that they ate that veggie and I may as well just let them not finish and forget the candy!

Just Straight Up Begging

“PLEASE finish your food” starts out nice but soon becomes ” COME ON JONAS JUST PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH AND CHEW!!” ” You are such a Big Girl Bristol, come on now put your food in your mouth!”

Feeding them

This only works for Jonas. Since he is nearly 9 the idea of us feeding him like a baby actually is one of few tricks that sometimes works.

 

 

 

 

You Can Dip It In Whatever You’d Like

For Bristol of late it’s been Ranch and for Jonas it’s Sriracha. For the most part Bristol will just lick the Ranch off and maybe take one bite but Jonas will eat just about anything if it’s covered in Sriracha. We are talking some weird combos but whatever just eat it. This tip actually may be one of the only useful tips I can offer.

Competition

One of the perks of having more than one child. We can make it a competition! “Okay, however finishes this bite first gets ___!” (yes this goes right with the bribing but there is an added twist) Bristol hasn’t quite figured this “game” out yet but she enjoys me trying to hurry her into eating faster!

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Hoping Boredom Kicks In

“Well maybe just maybe he will realize how much time he is wasting if I tell him he cannot get up until his food is done?” Who am I kidding?! This kid doesn’t care if he is there until midnight.

Allowing Them To Also Eat Dessert With Dinner

Okay, I have to admit this was not one of my brighter ideas, but here and there if they have been chewing a piece for a while, I may have allowed them to stuff some dessert into their mouth with the other food. (Insert embarrassed hands over face emoji)

Threatening To Go Vegan

This only works for my oldest but he knows of all the times have I gone on a Vegan cleanse and while Daddy and Him eat whatever, Mommy only eats veggies and fruits. I have tried to let him know if he keeps this up we ALL are going Vegan and that noodle is outta here!! “One day you’ll open your lunch box and have only a salad and fruit with maybe some granola!” I’d like to think he actually believes me but I think he is catching on to the fact that Daddy would never let that happen since he is an extremely picky eater as well.

Looking back on all the ways I have tried keep my children from being picky eaters, I see that maybe it’s because I’m trying so hard to make them eat it, that they decide not to eat it. Either way I’ll keep trying and they will keep resisting I’m sure. As many times as I tell myself ” Do not negotiate with terrorists”, I still end up negotiating … a lot.

Thanks for reading about my crazy kiddos and my desperate parenting. Feel free to comment below and let me know who you get past your picky eater!

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Old Glory Berry Pie

Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! I shared a picture of this delicious pie I baked for the special day and had so many requests for the recipe.  So weather you’re feeling ‘Murica everyday or want to change it up and decorate the top with whatever you like, try it out and let me know how you liked it.  Trust me this pie was super easy and not a Pinterest fail!

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Enjoy this recipe at

http://tiphero.com/old-glory-berry-pie/

Or the helpful video at

https://www.facebook.com/tiphero/videos/old-glory-berry-pie   /10154980257458761/

   OLD GLORY BERRY PIE

   Makes 1 9-inch Pie
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

   INGREDIENTS

–Pie dough, enough for 2 crusts
–4­½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
–1­½ cups fresh blueberries
–½ cup granulated sugar
–⅓ cup corn starch
–½ teaspoon almond extract, divided
–1 large egg, beaten
–Sanding sugar

   DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough for one of the pie crusts into a 12-inch, ⅛-­inch-thick circle. Fold into quarters and place into an ungreased 9-­inch pie dish. Unfold and press against the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim excess dough to ½ ­inch from the edge of plate. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and the corn starch until well-mixed.
  • Take ¼ cup of the sugar mixture and ¼ teaspoon of almond extract, and add to a small bowl with the blueberries. Toss to coat.
  • Add the remaining sugar mixture and ¼ teaspoon of almond extract to a medium bowl with the strawberries. Toss to coat.
  • Fold a piece of aluminum foil in half several times to create a 2-­inch-wide strip. Fold the ends in so that the strip fits inside the pie dish, and place into the dish, dividing the crust into ⅓ and ⅔ sections. Press gently into the dough.
  • With your hand on one side of the foil, gently pour the blueberries into the ⅓ section. Pour the strawberries into the remaining ⅔ section. Gently level out the fruit and carefully remove the foil.
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the remaining pie crust into an 11-­inch circle.
  • Cut 5 ¾-inch wavy strips of dough to make the stripes of the flag. Place the strips over the strawberry portion of the pie, leaving space in between each and trimming as needed. Fold the bottom crust over the edge of the strips and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Using a 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut 7 to 8 stars from the remaining dough. Arrange the stars over the blueberry portion of the pie.
  • Brush the pie with the beaten egg wash and sprinkle generously with sugar. Cover the edge of the crust with a crust shield or a 2-­inch strip of aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil/crust shield. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) and continue to bake for 60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  • Cool the pie for 1 hour before serving.

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