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sueal1979

  1 month ago

Should children have to eat foods they don’t like?
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Ive had this conversation with my Dad on numerous times, when i was a child we had to sit at the table and eat our dinner, we always had the same dinner as my parents and i didnt always like what was dished up but i was expected to eat it. I think back then thats what a lot of parents expected and looking back it never harmed me, in fact i eat most things now so maybe it was even a good thing, apart from fish im not a lover of most fish
I though, never did this with my own children, i would expect them to try the food that they said they did not like but if after trying it they really did not like it then i would not expect them to eat it. I will say that both my children are very much like myself and eat most things so maybe either way makes no difference in the end to what we like and dislike
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g2714572

  1 month ago
I get you Sue not sure they would now the children they have plenty of choice
if all esle fails beans on toast ......we seemed to respect elders years ago ...think when i.was wee i.was always out and was glad to eat anything as was starving:) ...it was stew quite a lot and soup mostly
fish was kippers or cod and a parsley sauce if i recall now that was bad but still ate it ! :)
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Geliila

  1 month ago
Naturally, we are responsible for children until they are old enough. The issue with kids not liking veggies or any food comes from the indecisiveness of parents giving choice where they shouldn’t be and force should never be involved in a vocabulary of a food table. For all of us to enjoy food we must eat when we are really hungry rather than timing ourselves as though it’s medication we are taking(or unless we are taking it for the purpose of it). This way we enjoy whatsoever is on our table and digest it well.
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SimonGUK

  1 month ago
With the better nutritional understanding and the invention of microwaves, fridges, freezers etc. and the associated types of foods (including ready meals), I would suggest it is less of a necessity for kids to have the same meals as the parents. Balanced meals does not mean identical ones. :-)
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In my youth the meals were based on (1) family budget and (2) meat and two veg. being healthy, so we had the 'eat what is on your plate' and the 'no pudding unless you clear your dinner plate' type instructions. I am sure I have mentioned that I would clear my plate of all and anything, except school liver! I suspect you'd recognise the above from your youth too. :-)
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My sisters youngest has type 1 diabetes, and I suspect this is partly due to him being allowed to be a very fussy eater (although I would not repeat this to my sister).
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davidwatkin

  1 month ago
I was always told to eat my tea or I would have it cold for my supper Sue. Kids should be encouraged to try food but if they really don't like it an alternative should be found.
I only wish our grandkids had a dislike for choc digestives, it would save me a fortune in replacements (the biscuits not the grandkids!) :-) xx
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RobNickJ

  1 month ago
As you say, Sue, the outcome from the two different strategies was largely the same, so it probably doesn't matter. But I guess your children found meal times much less stressful than I did, as I was brought up much like you and there were several things, like liver, I really hated.
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hess72

  1 month ago
i eat most things now sue but as a child i was a complete nightmare and huge worry for my mother, im still quite fussy with some foods but when i was little i had a very limited diet despite mums best efforts, i think its something that most of us grow out of eventually x
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TheOldDragonsPaul

  1 month ago
A very topical subject ~ my dear old Mum used to say "eat up ~ you'll like it" which I automatically read as "oh, oh ~ you're not going to like this" ~ and I was usually right ~ Sprouts were the first thing she tried; followed by cabbage; I hated them because she tried to convince me they were nice !!!
These days; I love both Sprouts and Cabbage (and Fish) ~ probably because nobody is saying those persuasive words ???
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E7700514t77

  1 month ago
Sometimes you have to acquire a taste for a certain food so encouraging children to at least try something may over time mean that they will grow to like it.
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Ed777

  1 month ago
Yes to a point as they are incapable of knowing what is good/bad for them. I have a friend who once told me that the only reason she buys tomato ketchup is because without it her children would eat nothing, starve and the social workers/police would drag her away and lock her up!
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PoohBah

  1 month ago
I have a life-long dislike of egg white (eaten as such — uuuurgh ! — not as an ingredient in other food) and kidneys.
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