Meal time?

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Registered: 06-20-2007
Meal time?
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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 7:06pm
My bf and I are having a difficult time at meal time with his 6 year old daughter.
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Registered: 04-19-2006
In reply to: rlb1125
Sun, 01-27-2008 - 4:28pm
The timer could work, my
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Registered: 01-06-2008
In reply to: rlb1125
Mon, 01-28-2008 - 9:14pm
It probably shouldn't take her much longer to eat than you guys. I have a 6 yo boy and he kind of packs it away so I'm not sure if girls eat slower. He's big on snacks too, so if I say no snack after dinner
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Registered: 03-22-2007
In reply to: rlb1125
Wed, 01-30-2008 - 1:50pm

This is such a tough issue.

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Registered: 12-06-2003
In reply to: rlb1125
Fri, 02-01-2008 - 10:51am
I totally understand where you're coming from. My bf has a 6 yr old daughter who only eats pizza, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese & pancakes... and sweets.
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Registered: 03-22-2007
In reply to: rlb1125
Fri, 02-01-2008 - 11:54am
Has your bf bought her any mulit-vitamins?

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Registered: 12-06-2003
In reply to: rlb1125
Fri, 02-01-2008 - 3:08pm

Thank you for your quick response. I asked my bf about the multi vitamins yesterday and he told me that her mother told him that she gives her a multi vitamin everyday. I don't know if she's telling the truth, but I don't see why she would lie about something like that...


My bf suggested getting hand sanitizer (because last week chuck e cheese was more crowded than normal, and you never know what kind of germs people have) but apparently her mother has it and makes her use it all the time. I think part of the problem is that when we are in public she puts her hands/face all over everything. My bf tried to stop her from doing that last week, but that's the first time I ever heard him tell her not to do something. I noticed at the grocery store last month, she was sitting in the cart (don't get me started on this one, because she's too old/big for the cart), and everytime he turned around she was sucking on her thumb. That's the fastest way to catch germs!!


I was looking at the book "Deceptively Delicious", but there are probably only 3 things she would eat from there. I'm thinking about buying it just to make mine & my bf's diets healthier lol.


~Shnorkels

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Registered: 02-01-2008
In reply to: rlb1125
Fri, 02-01-2008 - 5:00pm
Too funny!
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Registered: 02-05-2008
In reply to: rlb1125
Tue, 02-05-2008 - 12:29am

Hi,
I have the same problem with my 3 year old. He takes ages to finish his meals so I've learnt to prepare dishes that incorporate all the food groups in one. For example here's a simple recipe u could try.

1. flatten 2 pieces of bread with a rolling pin
2. roughly mash steamed broccoli, onion & peas (or any vegetable)
3. mix them with some cooked mince meat/ chicken
4. spread the mixture on 1 piece of bread, top it with the 2nd piece
5. flatten it again, dip in beaten egg
6. cook in a frying pan or grill in a sandwich press
* alternatively roll the bread & secure with a toothpick instead of frying it flat

I find that my son can finish 2 or 3 rolls quite easily & I can also be sure that he gets his 5 portions of veg without him making a fuss. Add different types of meat and veg so she doesn't get bored with the same taste. Meals presented this way is more fun to eat than the usual potatoes, meat & veg.

Your 6 year old can also help with the preparation. It might encourage her to eat what she has prepared herself! Good luck!!