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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2015 at 3:42am

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. 

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 10:50am

"Stupid and on a power trip"  

Quite correct, Michael!

Comment by Michael Penn on November 30, 2015 at 8:24am

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.

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 8:19am

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2015 at 7:49am

"are" steadfast

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2015 at 7:48am

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2015 at 6:52am

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.

Comment by Michael Penn on November 22, 2015 at 8:28am

Yes, Archibald Leach. I remember him well. Maybe not that well, but at least I remember him. In one of his movies he made reference to himself. I think he was a newspaper editor in that one.

Comment by Pat on November 22, 2015 at 7:23am

Has any one here made, or for that matter even eaten, Brunswick stew? While watching a re-run of "Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe, I saw a sign for it on a southern restaurant. Looked it up, and it appears to be a southern dish. Doesn't sound bad at all, and am thinking of making some. Any suggestions or recipes?

Comment by Pat on November 22, 2015 at 7:20am

Randall, Carl's reference is to the movie Arsenic and Old Lace. Great comedy.


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