how many different dishes do you make for your family for dinner?

United States
July 28, 2009 10:44am CST
Ok, I have 2 kids --one is 6 yrs old and one is 18 mos old... and they both refuse to eat what I make for hubby and me. At first I thought it wasnt a big deal to make them something different but now I am cooking dinner for me and hubby and then something different for the kids. Is this a common thing or am I putting myself out for no reason....or will this be the beginning of creating a bad thing in the future...I mean I am hoping that they grow out of it and eventually start to eat what we do ...but am I just creating a bad situation by doing this?? Is it normal to cook different things for the kids, I mean when they are babies you start them out on the baby food and eventually start them on little things that we eat... so is it ok that I have kept it up?? mind you --I hate to cook dinner so this is a big pain in the butt for me at this time.... How many different things do you make for dinner for the family?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
31 Jul 09
tIMES HAVE SURE CHANGED SINCE I was a kid. Wer ate what mother put on the table & never refused anything. We liked what she cooked & would have never thought about saying a bad word about it much less refused to eat it. WE'D PROBABLY GOT SMACKED IF WE DID.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
that is how it use to be....I hear stories from my aunts and uncles about how that was...and yet these are the same ones that make different things for everyone!! LOL thanks for the response and happy mylotting.
@tutor19us (455)
• India
29 Jul 09
Every day I make dinner for my family. But if only there is a conflict of interest I make different dishes else I just make 1-2 dishes for all. It is not feasible to make different dishes for every person. Also, for children it is advisable to make something that is less spicy. They may not be able to handle spice, oil as much as adults.
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• United States
29 Jul 09
thats true, kids cant handle many adult foods and I am finding that they eat better if I make them something different --that is another reason why I do that. thanks for the response and happy mylotting.
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
I don't cook so may varieties of dishes for dinner or lunch. When my kids were small I cook to suit their tastebud which we adults can eat too. We like hot and spicy but with small kids around I have to forgo all the spices so we can all eat together and save me from cooking many dishes. I normally cook 3 dishes the most for dinner ie one meaty dish, one vegie and one soup plus rice.
• United States
28 Jul 09
yes, we all have different taste buds, with my kids I tend to cook either chicken nuggets and mac and cheese so they will eat something -- and for hubby I will have some sort of pasta dish or stir fry.... it gets a little crazy some days!! thanks for the response and have a great day!
@checkmail (2042)
• India
28 Jul 09
Hello bookreadermom08 this is checkmail and often prepared food for dinner and normally prepare three to four dishes for us.We in all are thre to eat at dinner but still we give a lot of preference to taste and quality of the food.So there are variety of foods prepared for dinner.
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• United States
28 Jul 09
I am actually relieved to hear that others do this as well...I know with everyone has there own taste for something different... I guess it would be better for me if I really enjoyed cooking.... thanks for the response and happy mylotting!!
• India
1 Aug 09
hi there, my mom cooks food for us...and since we were old enough to understand things and likes and dislikes,..our parent had taught us to eat whatever is server. i mean......my mom cooks very well.....but the thing is you cant say i dont want thing , i dont want that.....once in a while its ok...but not every day. and now, i think that helped....it was good in the sense, now i dont have any probs at food...i see many people cant adjust with new food somewhere.... have a nice day
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
3 Aug 09
In my house, we cook one meal that is for everyone. We cook the food and the kids eat it. They do not get to have something different just because they want to. The only exception to the single meal rule is if let's say, my hubby is cooking that night and he is frying the food. I am not fond of greasy food, as a matter of fact, I tend to become ill when I eat it very much, so, I will eat a salad or a piece of fish instead. If my kids want what I am cooking, they get a small portion of what I made as well as a small portion of what he made as their meal. I think that when we, as parents, continually do things like making the kids something different just because they want us to, we are teaching them that they will alway s be catered to in life and will not have to settle on things they may not completely like. Let me ask you this, what would happen if you were flat bropke and had very little food in your house and had to really make it stretch? I have been there. It is hard enough to feed a family when there is very little that has to stretch, let alone having really picky eaters to go along with it. This is why I taught my kids at very young ages that they will eat what I cook or go hungry. Never once have they gone hungry. When they are huingry enough, they will eat what is in front of them.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I did that for a while, but it got to be too much expense and was taking to long to prepare all the different things, I got to the point that everybody ate the same things, after the kids went to bed hungry for a few nights, and they released that they were not going to get something different. They started trying all the different things, and it makes it a whole lot easier. 18 months old might be too young to do this with, but the 6 year old should understand.