I know what your thinking, poor starving child!! Yes he is truly wasting away before my very eyes. The fact that he had only eaten a bowl of cereal, two weetabix with marmite on top (yes, gross I know but that’s how his Daddy eats it!) and a fruit bar all before half ten in the morning, it is no wonder that his tummy feels empty!
When I ask him what he fancies, he immediately says in his cutest voice ‘Something else!’
‘Something like what?’ I say. I already know the answer before his says it!
‘C,,HOC..O..LATE!’ he says whispering!
Ok it is elevenses, on this occasion one little biscuit won’t hurt! But ten minutes later its ‘I’m hungry Mummy, I’m Hungry!’ He sounds like Rolly in 101 Dalmatians when he says he is so hungry he could eat a whole elephant! It is only half eleven!
Well it isn’t the end of the world to do an early lunch, so being Friday, (fish day), it is fish fingers, waffles and broccoli! Obviously I am not one to lack imagination and yes, you did read correctly, I served a vegetable! I am not a completely terrible parent! (I tell you, I feel like such a liar telling my little ones to eat their vegetables when I hate them so much!)
Twenty minutes later, all cooked and ready! Served up, and cut in bits. Four mouthfuls in and ‘Mummy, I’m full!’ The little gremlin!
‘Four more mouthfuls’ I say through gritted teeth, trying to remain calm and show that he does not have control over food, whilst I continue to shovel it into the twins mouths! He does eat, reluctantly, but we are now headed way past nap time, things have gone completely out of sink, and he is almost too tired to eat.
It is difficult getting it right with food, trying to find the balance between healthy snacks and a treat, eating their dinner, of which they know you are never going to force feed, ensuring a balanced diet, topped off with worrying they are eating too much or not eating enough. It is a constant worry for me.
Snacks in our house tend to consist of bread sticks and hummus, rice cakes, fruit bars, fruit smoothies (as they will not eat fruit!) and the occasional chocolate biscuit. What snacks to you give? Would love to get some ideas! Especially as I am due a food shop, and am scraping about for the last morsel at the moment. You see, they are poor starving children aren’t they?