Eat everything on your plate

@agrant10 (1446)
United States
October 22, 2008 1:54pm CST
Hi MyLotters, I remember when I was small I would go to my uncle's house and he would make his children eat all of their food off their plate, before they could leave the table. Does anyone still practice this custom?
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
22 Oct 08
My parents were never that way with my brother or myself and I was not like that with my kids. But if they ever said they didn't like something and I knew they had never tried it before I would have them at least taste it and give it a try. Funny how many times they tasted and decided it was good.
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@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Yea, that seemed to work for everybody kids except mines. If they said they did not like it even after trying it they did not like it.
@marcialoyd (1174)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I don't agree with this custom and I will explain why. Children have Tiny Stomachs. They can not eat nearly what an adult can. Making them eat everything on their plate could cause them to get sick. I believe you should teach a child to eat until they are full. They should be taught to "overeat" This can cause obesity and problems in the future.
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@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
22 Oct 08
A few of them do have health issues. I don't know if this had anything to do with it or not.
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@Shar11 (419)
• United States
22 Oct 08
My parents were the same but I chose not to make this a rule in my house when I had children of my own.. I don't think it's cool to force kids to eat something.. I do however let them know this is thier dinner and I won't be cooking anything else lol.. I think its important when serving dinner to a child put all the items you have made on the plate.. Even if they say "I don't like carrots" Put just one piece along with the things they do like. I read that it sometimes takes a few times for kids to be introduced to a food before they will actually try it and like it.. But forcing them...no...I don't do that.. They can leave the table if they choose and I will save thier dinner.. Chances are they will want it later or after they realizes they won't be having cookies instead lol!
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I agree that is a great way to introduce them to new foods. I have 3 children and I do not practice this either.
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• United States
23 Oct 08
well we do not practice this custom where i am currently living, but i do remember years ago when my dad used to make us eat everything on our plate. and back then food was so expensive in my country that u could not afford to waste any bit of it.
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@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Oct 08
agrant10 hi I hope not as that just usually leads to obese adults who were madeto eat and eat and that habit stayed 'into adulthood. I remember my dad refusing to let me leave'the breakfast table until I ate allmy very sour grapefruit. My'mom finally took pity on me and substituted an empty half grapefruit for the one I could not eat sowhen my dad came' around he saw the empty grapefruit shell and said I could'go play .to this day I hate the ordinary grapefruit, but i do'like the pink grape fruit as they are much sweeter. I never did that to mny kids, they ate what they wanted andthat was that.I' never had food fights with my two kids.
26 Oct 08
i guess its not good manners to leave food in the plate so one should all of it one thing that is also important take as much as u can eat u should start with a small quantity offcourse u can refill so y take a large quantity and leave it in the plate?it would only be a waste as no one else would eat it...
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I have never forced this rule in my home.I have always told my children to eat until they are full.I told them never to force more than they can eat,it would only make them sick.
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Yes, Jackiew I agree.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
22 Oct 08
i doubbt it. i had agreat uncle that use to visit here when i was a kid. he made his children clean their plates. i thought he was sooo mean but u know it really teaches them lessons that they needed.
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
22 Oct 08
He was very strict too and he was a big man too.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 08
Yup, my sister often makes sure her kids finish the food on their plates. She's trying to educate them about food wastage, telling them about the plight of poor children in other parts of the world suffering from starvation.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
23 Oct 08
Our parents always had an eat until you're full policy. They never forced us to eat anything but there was also no dessert if you didn't finish and no foraging for a snack an hour after dinner. And you ate what was made - if you didn't like it then too bad. I don't think it's a good idea to force kids to eat, I would rather they grow up being as comfortable with food as possible.
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
We were trained to be like that. Our parents would remind us that there are a number of people who could not even afford eating a spoonful of rice. So we grew up finishing everything we have on our plate.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
23 Oct 08
I do these things.... If I ready to eat food, i will not keep even a small rice in my plate....