Do you think I’m behaving badly (idk how to word it) if I’m making my kids eat the dinner I made yet I don’t eat it. Tonight I made sloppy joes and a side of peas. I was telling my youngest how he needs to eat what I made for dinner, that he needs to eat the sandwich. Then my child said how I was only eating peas. I said I wasn’t hungry which I really wasn’t. am I teaching wrong by forcing them to eat yet I don’t? I mean I don’t force them but they need to at least try to eat some.

Dear Lee,

I completely understand and identify with you. I would make healthy dinners for my children as they grew up with fresh vegetables and meat that I didn’t always like. I wanted the kids to be exposed to a variety of flavors which meant trying new foods. The rule was you had to eat a tablespoon, not a serving spoon, but a tablespoon of a vegetable to try it. If you really didn’t like it, you didn’t have to eat more but you did have to eat some kind of vegetable or fruit at every meal.
Early on I figured out with four children to always have two vegetables. I also found out which fruits had almost the same nutrition value as the vegetables they didn’t like and offer them. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best. It worked like a charm. My kids were, for the most part, excellent eaters I on the other hand, picky as hell.
SO I would hold myself to the same rule. I’d have to eat a tablespoon of whatever I served, even if I wasn’t hungry or didn’t like it. Family dinner time is a very important time in a child’s life and setting good habits and being a good example is very important.
So next time, you must eat a tablespoon full as well because the rules of trying should apply to everyone.

Good Luck & Huge Muther Hugs,

One Tough Muther

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