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How can I get them to eat better?

post #1 of 64
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I am newly married, and suddenly a mother of 3! They are 4, 6, and 9. They do not touch anthing remotely nutritious! They have been living with their grandparents for the past 2 years and seem to have gotten to eat whatever they want. They all seem to constantly have runny noses, and the 6 year old has chronic asthma. Any suggestions?: :
post #2 of 64
Do they like fruit?

Do you think they would take a chewable supplement?

My daughter was the same way, I got her to take a chewable fruits and veggies supplement. I call it her "fruits and veggies" She asks for it every morning at breakfast and every night at dinner.
post #3 of 64
Dss also ate badly when I came along (along with SO as well, he couldn't cook, so they all just ate fast food a majority of the time)...

So, I cook, and just cooked what I would normally feed DD and myself. I took note of the things dss liked, and tried to have those on hand for him. I let him try lots of different stuff, and worked from there.
post #4 of 64
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They won't eat anything unless it comes out of a box. I've thought about supplements, but do you think they can make a difference? I mean, aren't they basically candy???
post #5 of 64
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How long have you been a step mom? Does it get easier??? My kids always seem to think I should do things like grandma does. This seems harder than I signed up for.
post #6 of 64
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They won't eat anything unless it comes out of a box. I've thought about supplements, but do you think they can make a difference? I mean, aren't they basically candy???

Well, that is the trick - this one tastes like a sweet tart but has mega research to back it up. Actually my ND suggested it to me. It's called Juice Plus. Check out this web-site. Juice Plus+
post #7 of 64
Dss was similar, but that's the options we gave him. Here's the dinner, and you don't HAVE to eat any of it, but that's what we have, and we're not gonna go making 5 different dinners (we can't afford to honestly). He wasn't happy about that, but it helped honestly.

And believe it or not, he eats MUCH better now (been 11 months), and even just looks healthier.

We never tried supplements, but were considering it if it came down to it. We wanted to try first with helping him to eat better.
post #8 of 64
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What is an ND?
post #9 of 64
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Originally Posted by Newstepmomma
How long have you been a step mom? Does it get easier??? My kids always seem to think I should do things like grandma does. This seems harder than I signed up for.
Dss still occasionally thinks I should do things how grandma does them, but he quickly learns I'm not grandma, and I do things different.

We've been living together for 11 months now (in a relationship for almost 3 years), and it's taken a while, but now he gets excited over some of the dinners I cook, and even requests them.

It's hard, but I do think it gets easier.
post #10 of 64
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I'm checking out that web site. BRB
post #11 of 64
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What is an ND?
Naturopathic Doctor
post #12 of 64
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Originally Posted by MomBirthmomStepmom

It's hard, but I do think it gets easier.

I hope so. I have been raising my sisters kids for a few days now. My sister is severely ill and my brother in law is in denial. So I may end up having her kids for a long time.
post #13 of 64
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So, they are the actual fruits and veggies?

MOMBIRTHMOMSTEPMOM,
we've been married 2 months. dated for 8 months. Things are moving really fast. Grandma and Grandpa live in Omaha, we're in the Denver area. My husband is a great guy, works a lot. Helps at home as much as he can, but I'm with the kids most of the time.

four corners, You're in Colorado??
post #14 of 64
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I hope so. I have been raising my sisters kids for a few days now. My sister is severely ill and my brother in law is in denial. So I may end up having her kids for a long time.
I'm sorry! It must be harder going into parenting someone else's children under such circumstances! :

It's gotten easier for me, although we had to go through a couple VERY rough patches to get to this point, and honestly, I know it can get even better too...

Hang in there!
post #15 of 64
Thank you
post #16 of 64
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MOMBIRTHMOMSTEPMOM,
we've been married 2 months. dated for 8 months. Things are moving really fast. Grandma and Grandpa live in Omaha, we're in the Denver area. My husband is a great guy, works a lot. Helps at home as much as he can, but I'm with the kids most of the time.
OUCH! How rough to be pretty much a full-time care-taker to children you've only been in the lives of for 8 months! That's gotta be hard on you, AND the kids...

During the summer I'm full-time care-taker to dss (he's 9, in school the rest of the time), and that was HARD, very hard for us both. Neither of us were ready for me to be the full-time care-taker.

If at all possible, I'd suggest asking your DH if there's anyway you can get some help during the day/week. It was easier for me AND dss, when we'd get breaks from each other here and there. Afterall, we're still building our relationship... It takes a while...
post #17 of 64
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When we were dating he didn't have the kids!! His folks were helping him out because he lost his first wife to breast cancer. They are still pretty much a family in crisis. We're dealing with a lot of issues, it seems. I just thought that if I could improve their nutrition somewhat, it would help to lay a better foundation for coping with a lot of the other stuff.
post #18 of 64
One thing at a time, right?

Good luck!
post #19 of 64
Newstepmama,

yes, I'm in Colorado - I'm just outside of Durango
post #20 of 64
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Thanks
I appreciate the encouragement. Some of my friends think I'm a little crazy at this point.
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