So, I'm having a bit of a problem with meals.
Back in the day, when I had just one or two, I tried to be really understanding about food. I always made sure there was something at each meal that everyone would eat, and if they didn't like the food, they could help themselves to fruit or make a sandwich. Now that I have 4, it goes like this:
KID 1: What's for lunch?
ME: Peanut butter noodles.
KID 1: I don't like that. Can I make a sandwich?
KID 2: Can I make a sandwich?
KID 3: I want a sandwich too!
KID 4: *Doesn't talk yet, praise God*
And I'm stuck with a bowl of peanut butter noodles no one will eat AND I've "lost" the supplies for three sandwiches that I hadn't planned to make that day.
I no longer have the wiggle room in my menu or my budget for this sort of thing. Plus if one doesn't want it, all of a sudden no one wants it.
How do you all handle this?
At any rate, here is how I handle mealtimes with four kids and a tiny house. I make the meals and they choose to eat it! Our kitchen is entirely too small and my food buying is usually for specific meals so it would be a mad-house if everyone decided to make sandwiches at meals instead of eating what is cooked or offered. I plan my meals to make sure that at least three of the four kids like what is being served and there is always at least one part of the meal that they will all eat. For instance, DSS 7 hates potatoes and anything that has potatoes in it. But he loves chicken. So when we have pierogies, I make sure that it is paired with chicken so even though he won't eat the pierogies, he will eat the chicken.
Hope this helps!