Originally Posted by dharmamama
I'm glad someone else brought this up. I wanted to but I didn't feel comfortable doing it. Americans have this idea that we are entitled by our comparative wealth and privilege to be finicky and fickle. My Ethiopian son and daughter either ate what was served or didn't eat, and personally, I see NOTHING wrong with this. "Needing" to have lots of food choices and saying it's not healthy to eat food that isn't totally appealing "right now" are products of extravagence. Wasting food is a a cultural artefact that I don't wish to pass on to my kids.
I totally agree with you. In our house, they have to at least TRY what is served. I am not a short order cook. My oldest will try to get sweets (we keep very little of that around) for a snack, claiming he is SOOOOO hungry. I tell him that there are apples on the table and bananas, and if he is that hungry he can have one. But OH NO. My thing is, if you are really hungry, you will eat the apple if it is there and he DOES like apples. The only time I make an alternate meal for the kids, if it is something I KNOW they do not like and me and DH just want to have it, like fajitas or something extra spicy. But most nights, it is "eat it or leave it". Even our 1 yr old is getting adventurous and loves most things I cook, cut up small of course. He makes the most of those 6 teeth, LOL.
About the sandwich. Next time, I would tell DS that he can have his own sandwich, and that is it. If he refuses, well, he will eat at the next meal. A refused meal or two is NOT going to hurt a child.