A frazzled mother considers serving “crappy food” to her children, as they reject anything remotely nutritious she serves them.
She expressed her frustration on Mumsnet, under the username Crocsandshocks, as she revealed her 7- and 10-year-old had very different tastes to her.
The mum-of-two asked for advice in a post shared on Tuesday, saying, “I try to make a real effort to cater to my kids’ tastes. They are completely and entirely different from mine.
“I like curries, Thai, stir-fried vegetables, tofu, lentils, etc. I am a pescatarian. My children have different tastes. They like ham, pasta, bolognese, burger[r]s, fish sticks, sausages, etc.”
Crocsandshocks, who “cultivated an inner scream”, said that while she doesn’t like to cook meat, she does it a few times a week for her children.
She tried to mix it up and ordered a meal delivery kit saying, “I deliberately ordered a Street food chicken flatbread because I thought they would like it (I adapted my portion to use mushrooms to instead of the chicken).
“It took 50 minutes to cook. I burned my finger in the process. It used most baking dishes and frying pans. When I served it earlier, the one was constantly moaning about the topping on the corn.The other was rocking in his chair and sitting with his legs akimbo, with bits of food dangling from his mouth.
“I was a sweaty, swearing mess. Over half of each of theirs was untouched. I’ve refrigerated what I can and will put it in their lunch box tomorrow.”
Crocsandshocks claimed she was “broken” after they started complaining about being hungry as she got them ready for bed.
“AIBU to go back to crappy food? Like frozen pizza and pesto pasta,” she asked.
The post, titled “To only give food to children?”, can be read here, garnered more than 140 responses since it was shared on Tuesday.
People gave advice on what Crocsandshocks could serve, as Chipsnmayo asked, “Can’t you just keep it simple and make meat and three veggies? And let them put in tomato sauce? I feel like kids need protein/veg even if it’s a basic meal.”
Greenerfingers wrote, “Okay. I don’t like food, don’t eat. If you’re hungry, you’ll eat. It’s simple.”
OooErr thought, “Dictate food. Many families can’t afford food choices with the cost of living crisis. They eat what’s served or go hungry. Also, unless they don’t have been diagnosed with sth, that sensory problem is b*******. [sic]”
Femfemlicious commented, “Just give them what they want with vegetables and salad. Nothing wrong with fish sticks.”
Anjcat felt, “Just give them food they like, it’s not worth the stress and I absolutely hate wasted food.”
Leoismybae said, “Just cook dinner and put it in front of them. Either they eat it or they don’t. Stop petting.”
In the comment, Crocsandshocks added, “I hate food waste and food is now expensive so I can’t afford to waste tons of food.
“That’s why I might go back to the traditional Icelandic-style frozen sausage fries etc. But then I’d worry about their health.”
Crocsandshocks claimed she didn’t have the energy to cook separate meals, as she wrote, “I’m not going to mess with catering to ever-diminishing tastes that change day by day.”
The table below, provided by Statista, shows where pasta is regularly eaten.
An NHS trust in the UK, where the family is believed to be based, advises children aged 6 to 12 to need five servings of fruit or vegetables a day, plus plenty of water.
He broke down the food groups, saying: “Children should aim to have a carbohydrate source at every meal and sometimes snacks between meals as well.
“Children should aim to consume protein at least twice a day. Children over the age of 5 should be offered semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, and should aim to consume dairy products three times a day.
“Children should ideally be offered healthy fats such as those of vegetable origin, for example sunflower oil, rapeseed oils and spreads, and not large amounts of fat from pastries, crisps and manufactured goods.”
He also advised limiting sugar intake and sticking to low-sugar foods.