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Here it is Dec. 5th and my 15 cubic foot freezer is still packed to the brim. The problem is, I've been concentrating on root crops--sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, onions, plus squash and late garden greens, which means I haven't tackled my frozen fruits and veggies from earlier in the year. I'll tell you, if we ever have a major lengthy crisis, i.e., power outage, I'll be good for a very long time!
It goes without saying, being a grandparent can be frustrating. When do you say something or keep your mouth shut? My parenting style was different from my parents, and my kid's methods are different from mine. Unfortunately, my son-in-law is somewhat intolerant of Macy's not eating. Hopefully, he'll soon learn that "forcing" her to eat won't work. I think my comments persuaded him to cool it.
Randy, I'm sorry to learn of your stomach upsets. Sounds like your stomach is well adapted to your style of cooking.
I agree with Michael! Parents on a power trip force their kids to eat. Just leave the child alone. Serve dinner at the regular time. A child will not starve for missing a meal or two. The operative word is "regular". A child likes and needs routine. Being consistent with meal times, snacks, and bedtimes help meet the younger child's needs. Be careful about afternoon snacks that interfere with eating dinner.
I didn't want to be tied to the kitchen all day, so I served three hearty meals a day and snacks mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and at bedtime. A well-nourished child will skip an occasional meal and remain healthy. When a child plays the "You can't make me eat!" game, just stay on the routine with no individual efforts unless the child is sick. Keep an eye on weight loss or other signs of illness. Otherwise, don't play the power game, relax, and enjoy the day.
"Stupid and on a power trip"
Quite correct, Michael!
That's correct. Children will eat when they get hungry. We have no cases on record where children starved to death for not eating at the dinner table. Those parents that force them and whip them are stupid and on a power trip. They should be whipped themselves for this.
What I learned about children not eating - leave them alone. I learned to eat what I was offered in my parents' house, but it took years to learn to listen to my body. I simply didn't know when I had eaten enough.
I ate tacos last night at my daughter's. Again, my stomach revolted. I was hoping for leftover Thanksgiving ham, but she didn't have enough. (It was from one of their own pigs.)
They're having trouble with their 3 year old daughter not eating her supper. She simply refuses to eat. Then, later, she gets all fussy because she wants something to eat. Her parents ate steadfast on refusing, but it's a battle. Hopefully, she'll eventually understand the consequences of her actions.
Thanks, Pat. I can't remember ever watching Arsenic.... But, I've never been a movie buff. And I vaguely remember hearing about Brunswick stew, but I'd have to google it.
At a family in-laws gathering last night, we ate out at a "pizza place". I made the grand mistake of eating "chili spaghetti". A) it wasn't all that good, and B) I was miserable all evening and night with cramps and bloating. My digestive system just isn't readily acceptable for pasta and such, I reckon. I've skipped breakfast, too.
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