Does anyone else have a child who doesn't know the difference between breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner?
MissM drives me to distraction tho she's not a huge eater, she's no idea of what constitutes a meal and therefore grazes all day long - I've no idea how she copes during the week at school!
Our GP once said to me, along with many other wise people that no child willingly starves themselves, and that children eat when they brain tells them, not the clock. In fact, our GP said that MissM eats in a very healthy fashion - when she needs to and in small constant amounts.
OK I get that.
But this constant What Can I Eat Mum? drives me to distraction.
You'd think after years of my food suggestions, and the items in the pantry and fridge that MissM would get that a piece of fruit, or cheese'n'crackers, or a chunk of cucumber, or a muesli bar is going to get a yes more than crisps/chips, chocolate, biscuits/cookies, cake.
G is a HUGE nosher from way back and I seldom buy nosh as (a) he doesn't need it, and (b) I don't have a sweet tooth so don't really think about it when shopping and (c) if it's not in the house, no one can eat it, and (d) if it's not in the house MissM and I don't argue over when the appropriate time to nosh is.
The only nosh in the house is the stuff he smuggles in at night, or when he pops into the supermarket for milk.
There's no way I want MissM to have an eating disorder, nor would I wish upon her the outlaws physique but I'm finding myself saying things like 'if you keep eating that crap you'll get fat and get pimples' out of sheer exasperation.
MissM's food repertoire isn't great, it's not bad either, just wish it was more varied.
She eats no red meat (other than mince so I always buy organic from the butcher not the supermarket); will probably cluck just prior to puberty for all the chicken (organic) she eats; she seldom eats fish unless it's smoked salmon, or in a trout dip; she definitely takes after her father in terms of the amount of vegetables she doesn't eat, tho she's much better with salads. She's slowing down on fruit too!
She has a drawer of nosh to herself, it's got packet of Nori (seaweed), and crackers and Japanese nori biscuits/cookies and rice bars in it so she can (sort of) help herself.
See, just now - can i please have a packet of crisps? No, you may have a banana. I don't want a banana. Then have nothing. But I want crisps. No. You can have fruit, or cheese or Nori. But I want crisps. NO!
I think it's a control thing. She wants what she wants. I often want her to have something different.
The amount of sugar she has must be off the wall which in turn has to affect her (school is constantly talking about her lack of focus)
I guess my chat today is simply because it's nearly a week of school holidays gone already and OMG the amount of conversation time wasted on 'What Can I Eat' and what follows is doing my head in. She certainly doesn't have a bad diet, but the noshing/grazing issues are doing my head in.
We're not the only mother and daughter to discuss food so often or loudly but if anyone has any tips I'd be most appreciative.