Hi everyone. A comment from a reader demonstrated how frustrating it is to deal with kids in the same family who have different tastes and who are mostly picky.
Stop being a short order cook!
I have a few suggestions. One is that you do NOT make several meals. I learned this very late in my parenting career. Try to have your kids agree on just a few dishes that they ALL like and serve them Monday through Friday, every week. It sounds very retro to serve meatloaf on Tuesdays, every Tuesday, but it works! Kids need and want structure and they will probably respond well to this .
I created a menu for my kids and here it is (note that they eat NO vegetables but broccoli but it’s a good vegetable):
Monday, Breakfast for dinner night: Eggs, whole wheat toast, brocolli, turkey bacon
Tuesday: Whole wheat quesadillas with lowfat cheese and broccoli
Wednesday: Mac and cheese or whole wheat pasta with melted cheese on it, broccoli
Thursday: Homemade chicken nuggets in the oven but even fried is better than store bought nuggets, broccoli
Friday: Pizza night. Sometimes we order in from a whole wheat pizza place and sometimes we make english muffin pizzas with whole grain english muffins.
Weekends are not as structured but they MUST eat broccoli.
I also recommend just serving adult food and letting them wait until they are so hungry that they will eat it. Of course we all know that if we didn’t start out like that with them as babies, they will give us a hard time. Mine do.
Most of all, please remember that 30 years ago, there was no such thing as chicken nuggets and kids always ate adult food. They WILL eat if they get hungry enough but it is a pain to hear the tantrums and see your kids not eat. Be strong!