What do you feed your children?

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
February 20, 2009 9:01pm CST
Do you feed your children a balanced diet by your government's food pyramid or another chart? Do they eat meat and processed foods? Do you buy whatever is cheapest and easiest to make? Do you cook your foods from scratch? What do you feed them? Besides what you feed them, I was wondering if you feel diet has any bearing on allergies, ADHD, Autism and general health of your child?
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• United States
21 Feb 09
I feed my son organic based food and non organic but healthy food. I allow him to choose though. There are times where all he wants at a meal is oranges so that is what I feed him. We're big on stir frys in our home so I do lots of that. I buy all organic free range beef. I'm allergic to chicken but I do keep it for our son and his dad. He also eats fish and shrimp (which I'm allergic to but his dad eats too). We do allow him treats from time to time which I think in moderation are ok. Namaste-Anora
• Abernathy, Texas
21 Feb 09
I've been giving him treats - and trips through the air -for using his potty. I don't force my child to eat more then he wants to. I just give him several small meals a day. My little one will eat tangelos but avoids oranges for some reason! On a random note, I'd love to go to sleep but want to wait until at least ten thirty or my toddler will wake up in the middle of the night and want everyone else to be up too! Don't call the Nanny on me!
• United States
21 Feb 09
Ours loves manderin oranges. We buy them by the can so he can have them year round. Yeah, I don't force either. Oh, and on the getting up. Our little guy now stays up till his dad is off work so they can have a snack. He started out just waking up at that time, but now it's progressed to staying up. His doctor said it was fine as long as he was getting enough sleep and was active. So, we don't fuss over it.
• Abernathy, Texas
21 Feb 09
I do that too - but lately I've been way too tired. My brother and his wife did that and his kids are well rounded now, no ill effects. They don't keep too strict a routine because they believe life throws you curve balls, things you need to do or places you need to go and she wants her kids to be able to go with the flow. And if its naptime and you have to go somewhere or something else changes a strict routine, sometimes its hard for a child to do that. It drives my mom crazy. She's always like MY children always went to bed at seven every night. I asked her if maybe that was why my brother liked to get up in the middle of the night to play and wanted the whole family to be up with him. She looked at me a second and said, not that has nothing to do with it. I don't think she even remembers that. She's seventy five now so she remembers being a perfect mom and doing no wrong. LOL
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I feed my kids a variety. Kid friendly foods at lunch time, Sandwiches, with fruit, or I let them choose, they love fruits and veggies, so that is never hard. for dinner they eat what we eat which helps us eat a little healthier than we would normally. I feel that as long as you give them things they love in moderation, and things they need more abundantly everything will be fine! I only buy baby food for those rush times, I think that feeding them more of a variety will help grow their palate and give them the chance to appreciate more things, and make less picky eaters. I find this to be true, because my first son I fed baby food from jars, VERY PICKY EATER! I fed my other two homemade baby food, not picky at all!
• Abernathy, Texas
21 Feb 09
My baby hated baby foods and I kept trying but he hated it - I did too. I just mostly stuck with nursing and sharing my own food. He had acid reflux anyway and had to wait longer for solids. He was very allergic to rice milk and oatmeal even though my MIL kept telling me to feed it to him each time I spoke to her. Each time I tried he threw up all night. I think its great that you eat healthy for your kids. Best way for them to learn great habits!