"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kids in the kitchen

Grandma laughs, tongue in cheek, about the time that Christian stayed with them and came in the kitchen declaring, "Not a yucky dinner again!"

Getting kids to eat can be really tricky business when they are little.  Not so much as they grow up ... at least for teenage boys.  Then the question is how to keep them from eating you into a second mortgage.

When my oldest ones were little I tried to jazz things up a bit.

We had a Costco night and I put everything on their plate with a toothpick and had them eat with plastic sandwich baggies on their hands.

I bought plastic compartmental trays like a lunch room and that was fun for a while.

Growing our own vegetable garden was really exciting ... even in pots on the porch back in our apartment days.

Any trick that would work.  In truth, I really didn't care if they ate or not.  In our day — I say that like we're old fogies ...  if you didn't eat, you just went hungry and that was that. 

But, dinner avoidance produced hungry hypoglycemic kids, vomiting in the morning which really wasn't my thing.

And, tearful "You will sit here until you eat everything on your plate" just wasn't either.

Iphone pic ... Eliza trying to suck a dinner night out through a chopstick straw.

But getting kids involved, has turned the tables (I love a well placed pun).

When each child took turns with responsibility for producing a healthy dinner they loved, it really hurt to hear the others say ... "Ew, yuck."  Pointing out the effort made, and knowing your turn was coming and everyone might not like the end result, really produced a change.

And I think folks started to realize how a mom feels when she's worked to present a meal to the accolades of "Gross!".  And they certainly learned to appreciate the hard work involved.

Friday night pizzas and Annie's home economics skills put to work.  She's an expert at chips and salsa.

And these kids sure love a turn in the kitchen.


  1. I love this idea!! Will definitely try this. Great captures too!

  2. Looks yummy! We have tried this on and off in the past too. Thanks for the reminder to start it up again....especially now that I have older ones that could easily put together a meal without so much supervision from me!