Hoping someone has a magic phrase or book or something that will help the kids to understand why we don't waste food. We've been talking about it for several months but it hasn't sunk in yet.
My frustration -
I give them choices for lunch. Ds is specific about what goes on his sandwich. I set the plate in front of him and he refuses it. I explain that food costs money. If we throw our money away by not using it responsibly, we don't have money for field trips, toys, summer treats. He loudly protests and asks for a different type of sandwich.
They do not get choices at dinner but it is always food that they like. Dinner is frequently met with protest.
I have recently cut back on snacks and grazing. They are allowed one snack between breakfast and luch and one after school It can be a cheese stick and/or piece of fruit.
We grocery shop together. They often are out of the cart helping me pick out produce, pick their own cereal etc. We talk about the quality of food, what is junk food, has ingredients I don't want them to have, if something is on sale or costs too much.
Maybe this thread goes elsewhere, but I really want them to understand that we need to be thankful for what we have and use/eat it before spending money/time on something else. I want them to know there is a cost of food and misusing it misuses our money. Perhaps this is too vague a concept for 4.5 year olds. I want to start the dialogue now so they will be good stewards later.