Hello!

I love my children dearly. They make me laugh and smile every day, and are also the reason why I’m always so tired.

But no matter how much of a Supermum I may feel like some days, there is always one guaranteed thing that happens that brings me crashing back down to the world of mortals, and makes me feel like a failure. Dinner time.

Pretty much every single night, I sound like a broken record.

“Please, just eat your dinner”.

“You’ve eaten it before and loved it”.

“No, there are no onions in it”.

“We’ve been sitting here for an hour now, of course the vegetables are cold”.

“You like chicken. You like pasta. You like carrots. Please just eat the meal!”

“You helped make this and said how awesome it smelled when it was being cooked. Why won’t you eat it?!”

Anyone else relate to this? No? Just me?

dinner time wish

Our seven year old and dinner time seem to be incompatible. We have had him suggest meals for the week so he feels involved, he helps prepare some of the meals, and we give the meals cool names. I plate up the food to look like dinosaurs or something else he thinks is fabulous. We eat dinner early or late. He goes without afternoon tea. He grazes all afternoon. I cook him a separate meal. He eats what we eat.

Reward charts that should get him into a new habit by the time we finish the challenge, along with bribery, are implemented.

Yes, they are a success, but as soon as the challenge period finishes, we go back to me wearing my cranky pants and him going back to whinging every evening.

This has been an ongoing battle since he was about three. He is now seven. I’m pretty much over it.

He told me once how much he loved a chicken risotto I had made. I then made a huge batch to portion out for separate meals for him to give myself a break and not go through this every night. He then decided he didn’t like it.

Oh. My. God.

If I could have one wish, it would be to enjoy dinner times. I dream big, I know. Without having to say on constant repeat, “please, eat your dinner”.

I’ll be honest with you, some days I’m so exhausted, that after the whinging starts, I’m out. I’m over it.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the tired, frazzled looking mum on the couch with a glass of wine.

I know that one day he will be eating us out of house and home. I remember how much my brother used to eat when he was a teenager. We’ll go through kilos of food in a single sitting.

But for now, I just have one wish. Please, just eat your dinner.

Do your kids eat their dinner? Or do you sound like a broken record too? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

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  • Oh i’m yet to be at this stage lol

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  • Thanks for sharing this article

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  • What a trying situation. Hope things start looking up. I am fortunate enough to have a good eater but he is still young and I hope he stays that way.

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  • Feel your pain mama bear….hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel (and wine in the fridge).

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  • I have worked out what she likes, and it’s pretty healthy. Provided she has something she likes on the plate, she is willing to try new things. Slowly, slowly and it all works out.

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  • I’ve never been in this situation, but if I was in your place I might try letting the children go to bed without their dinner one night to see if that would encourage them to eat their dinner the following night.

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  • No problems with my daughter now. But when she was younger (she’s now 13) she was so slow at eating. It could take her an hour (no joke!!) to eat one bowl of soup. And I was repeating the same words every night: “Please go on.. please go on.. Eat… Eat..” :-)
    I’m glad it’s over! ;-)

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  • lol m-i-l brought her kids up with rice and steamed vegies for every meal and if they didn’t eat it, that meal would be served for the next meal.

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  • I would be looking into the delivered meal service. If you google “delivered childrens meals” quite a selection come up.
    Baby Bistro: Home
    Animal Box Wild Goodness
    Little Bud: Healthy Handmade Meals & Home Delivery
    Mummy Meals
    To name but a few.

    Sounds like you could do with a break and you could tell the children it is this for dinner or go hungry. You could look into some delivered meals for you as well. Stress free and when the children catch on that you are not going to pander to their every whim they may just actually eat your meals when you get back to cooking.

    Wishing you well.

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  • I would be looking into the delivered meal service. If you google “delivered childrens meal” quite a selection come up.
    Baby Bistro: Home
    https://babybistro.com.au/
    Animal Box Wild Goodness
    https://www.animalbox.com.au/Little Bud: Healthy Handmade Meals & Home Delivery for …
    http://www.ellaslist.com.au/little-bud-food-baby-toddler-meals-home-delivery-...

    Mummy Meals
    mummymeals.com.au/
    To name but a few.
    Sounds like you could do with a break and you could tell the children it is this for dinner or go hungry. You could look into some delivered meals for you as well. Stress free and when the children catch on that you are not going to pander to their every whim they may just actually eat your meals when you get back to cooking.
    Wishing you well.

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  • argh I feel this too – my girls 8 and 4 – are becoming increasingly painful when it comes to dinner and breakfast and lunch! – they used to love cooked carrots now they need to be raw! – great one less thing that I have to cook lol! – but it needs to be served with a list of particular options that plainly just dont go together on the dinner plate – for example my 4 year old asks for (everyday) white rice, soy sauce, raw carrot and green olives for dinner! – please let there be light at the end of this tunnel!

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  • I remember a few meal battles with my kids, not too many. As long as I remembered raw veggies for one, no gravy for another etc it all went smoothly :/

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  • My daughter eats her dinner

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