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I feel like a short order cook...

So DD woke up and has already gone through 2 bowls (raspberries and cheerios), and I made her a scrambled egg and then she didn't want it and had yogurt.  My DH is going to wake up any minute (He works late) and I will probably make him coffee and breakfast while he plays with DD.  By the end of the day my dishwasher will be full of sippy cups and plates.  AND I feel like I am always in the kitchen!  Does any SAHM have tricks on things to make the meal prep of the day easier?  I don't want to constantly be flipping pancakes, scrambling eggs, making grilled cheeses etc...

Anyone have ideas...what works for you?

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Re: I feel like a short order cook...

  • If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else.  In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg. 

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    So DD woke up and has already gone through 2 bowls (raspberries and cheerios), and I made her a scrambled egg and then she didn't want it and had yogurt.  My DH is going to wake up any minute (He works late) and I will probably make him coffee and breakfast while he plays with DD.  By the end of the day my dishwasher will be full of sippy cups and plates.  AND I feel like I am always in the kitchen!  Does any SAHM have tricks on things to make the meal prep of the day easier?  I don't want to constantly be flipping pancakes, scrambling eggs, making grilled cheeses etc...

    Anyone have ideas...what works for you?

     TIA, Future line cook

    Yes. Don't do this. Make her something and if she doesn't eat it, tell her that her snack or next meal will be in two hours and to go play. 


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    If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else.  In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg. 

    That's my rule too.  Breakfast and lunch I tend to only serve things that the kids like.  At dinner, they get whatever I choose to make and that's it.   

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    If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else.  In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg. 

    That's my rule too.  Breakfast and lunch I tend to only serve things that the kids like.  At dinner, they get whatever I choose to make and that's it.   

  • Generally I don't make DHs food separate. If he doesn't get up to eat w me and DD he's on his own.

    DD gets what I'm making for breakfast or she gets a bowl of cereal. That's it. Unless I'm in a great mood and feel like indulging her. She loves cereal so we don't usually have a problem.

    I'm not in to doing more work for the sake of doing it. Offer he want you are eating and maybe one alternative that she loves and be done w it.
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  • For us, if you ask for one thing, you have to eat it before you can have something else. I have a friend that would keep offering different foods when her kid asked for one thing then refused it and requested another. She threw away so much food it made me cringe. I know she was just nervous that her kid wasn't eating enough, but the waste made me crazy.

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  • make a dozen hard-boiled eggs. Have snacky things at the ready (string cheese, cut up veggies, etc.). Breakfast can take awhile with my kids, because they will just eat and eat and eat. I dunno, life with young kids I guess.
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    If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else.  In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg. 

    Absolutely this. She didn't need to have all that for breakfast... 2 of the four options would have been fine, and if she's not interested in eating them, she can wait until snack time. Allowing her to refuse food and then making her something new will start a bad habit that you'll be struggling with foooorever! It's worth it to nip it in the bud now. 

    Also, why so many sippies?? DD has one for milk and one for water (we only own two), and I fill each at the beginning of the day, keep the milk one in the fridge, and wash them at night. Easy peesy. 


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  • My situation might be different than yours...

    DH makes my breakfast every morning and his.  On the weekends he makes DDs breakfast.  Throughout the week we alternate who is to make dinner.  Whoever has more time or has the forethought to plan it out then does it.  I make DDs and my lunch daily.   Can you both alternate?  

    Al ot of ladies on here go to crockpots or meal plan.  

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    If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else. nbsp;In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg.nbsp;


    This.

    During the week it's usually cereal or oatmeal for DH and DS. On the weekends I do a big breakfast one day and the other day everyone's on their own.
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    Just don't make multiple meals. I make breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take it or leave it.Same goes for snacks.
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  • Thanks.  I was hoping for more advice like pre made food that could be quick or easy.  Like if anyone makes a big batch of pancakes and freezes them, etc.  I just get nervous like PP said, because if she doesn't get something she is in the mood for she will just go days without eating.  She has no interest in food, so I make her different things to try to get her to eat.  I cannot give this kid one more squeeze pouch and call it a meal.  Its insane.  As for the sippy cups, I just go through a billion.  She has spinach smoothies, milk, water...

    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

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  • All of this is great advice.  The only thing I would add is teach your child how to make food she can make on her own as early as possible.  I don't think you are to that stage yet, but if you start with easy stuff now, you'd be surprised how quickly they pick it up.  By 3.5 (when she started preschool) DD  was in charge of her own breakfast - we always had frozen waffles and pancakes (homemade and frozen from previous meals) that she microwaved (the rule was she put them in, pushed the buttons, and then she was not allowed to take it out of the microwave - that was an adult's job).  Also, yogurt, cereal - all things she could get herself at a young age.  The other rules were/are she had to ASK before making food (otherwise she would snack all day), no sharp knives, and no stove.  At 6, those rules have changed a bit, but the idea is the same - she is capable of feeding herself, and doesn't need an adult to cater to her all day long.

    That being said, I always cook a big dinner for us almost every night, and some days I do make lunch for both kids, so it isn't like I am NOT cooking for her - I just choose not to be a short order chef.

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  • Oatmeal Is our go to. DS actually likes it cold so I let it cool down and then he munches on it. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours for him to finish.
  • KateMWKateMW
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    My idea is not to make DH breakfast, let me him make his own. And make DD one thing, not 5.

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    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    How old is she? I don't think raspberries and dry Cheerios are a substantial breakfast. We do make pancakes and then freeze them, or make oatmeal. DS1 has been eating a banana with peanut butter on it for breakfast for years.

    There's nothing wrong with feeding your kid until they are full. 

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    Thanks.  I was hoping for more advice like pre made food that could be quick or easy.  Like if anyone makes a big batch of pancakes and freezes them, etc.  I just get nervous like PP said, because if she doesn't get something she is in the mood for she will just go days without eating.  She has no interest in food, so I make her different things to try to get her to eat.  I cannot give this kid one more squeeze pouch and call it a meal.  Its insane.  As for the sippy cups, I just go through a billion.  She has spinach smoothies, milk, water...

    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    Unless she is underweight or has other issues other than being non interested/picky ... I see no reason to force food into her.  Yes, to me, raspberries and cheerios is enough for a kid.  Neither of my kids are big breakfast eaters.  DS is 2, and generally only gets a cup of yogurt for breakfast - maybe cheerios if he still seems hungry.

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    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    Yes, cereal, fruit and milk is a good breakfast. Or an egg and fruit is good. Or yogurt and fruit if she wants that. You are way over serving her. Not to mention making it easier for her to be picky.  


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    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    How old is she? I don't think raspberries and dry Cheerios are a substantial breakfast. We do make pancakes and then freeze them, or make oatmeal. DS1 has been eating a banana with peanut butter on it for breakfast for years.

    There's nothing wrong with feeding your kid until they are full. 


    I do think dry cereal and fruit is enough for breakfast. Some days that's all DD will eat for breakfast. Good enough for me. She will have a snack in about two hours. Some days she just not as hungry. Shrug.
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    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    Yes, cereal, fruit and milk is a good breakfast. Or an egg and fruit is good. Or yogurt and fruit if she wants that. You are way over serving her. Not to mention making it easier for her to be picky.  


    Ditto this. My kids eat fruit, cereal and milk every day for breakfast. On the weekends we do pancakes and bacon and usually one night for dinner they have eggs and toast.

    I make coffee for H but if he wants something to eat for breakfast he gets it himself
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  • I'd suggest buying a book called Child Of Mine. It's all about kids and food and it's  been my bible since mine were babies. It will give you a totally different perspective about how best to feed your kids.

  • I only make one meal per day for my DH usually - dinner.  The rest of the time he is on his own. 

    I do think cereal, a fruit, and whatever to drink is probably a fine breakfast.  Mine eat very little in the morning.  For my youngest it is usually an apple, chocolate milk, and maybe a few crackers?  He is VERY picky, sensory issues, so I can't just give him whatever I make.  He will not eat.  I've tried and he'd rather not eat at all than eat something that tastes *wrong* to him.  I've done it for a week before, and all I end up with is a cranky kid who loses weight, and he's already pretty thin to begin with.

    I do actually have a zillion little plastic containers in my kitchen with foods that he will eat, crackers, cookies, snacks, ect.  I freeze my own pancakes or buy frozen waffles.  At dinner time, when I make my one meal, I will give DS#2 a plate with VERY tiny portions of everything we eat, plus a medium size amount of 1-2 foods I know he will eat (We call them Cam foods in my house :-P )  

    My oldest, while not a huge breakfast eater, is a big eater in general, not picky at all, and will eat most anything.  

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    If they ask for something and don't eat it, they won't get something else.  In your case, I would not have given the yogurt unless she ate the egg. 

    this is me as well 

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    Thanks.  I was hoping for more advice like pre made food that could be quick or easy.  Like if anyone makes a big batch of pancakes and freezes them, etc.  I just get nervous like PP said, because if she doesn't get something she is in the mood for she will just go days without eating.  She has no interest in food, so I make her different things to try to get her to eat.  I cannot give this kid one more squeeze pouch and call it a meal.  Its insane.  As for the sippy cups, I just go through a billion.  She has spinach smoothies, milk, water...

    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    you could absolutely have stopped at that.

    With DS, he gets what I serve him and if he chooses not to eat he can wait until the next meal. If a kid is truly hungry, they'll eat what you put in front of them. And I know his likes/dislikes so I'm not serving him things I know he won't eat. So there's no excuse for refusing it except not being hungry. And if you're not hungry for the egg I must made you then you're not hungry for XYZ either.

    And yes, we make up a bunch if pancakes, waffles, muffins, eggs muffins (eggs with cheese, lunch meat, etc. baked in muffin tins) and then just reheat throughout the week. 


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  • Cereal and fruit is totally an acceptable breakfast.  That's what my kids eat every single morning, without all that extra stuff.  Don't make it harder than it is!
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  • I always try to make large meals so we have leftovers for the next few days.  You can always make freezer meals and the night before take it out so it's ready to throw in the over the next day.  You can find freezer meal cookbooks in book stores and the library.  I have a lot of trouble trying to figure out what to make so I signed up for Fresh 20.  It gives you the meals for the week, the shopping list and tells you what and how to prep ahead so the night of that meal, it's not too difficult to throw it together.  
  • I also think it is silly to say well my two year old does not like something so I will make them something else. If I had done that my kids at 4 and 6 would be eating no veggies or meat. It takes many exposures for kids to like something. DS has always disliked ribs. Well we had them for dinner Sunday. He was hungry so he tried them, and tore them up he literally ate more than DH and I and declared his love for them. If I had immediately fixed him something else he never would have tied them again. 
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    As for the sippy cups, I just go through a billion.  She has spinach smoothies, milk, water...

    I know I shouldn't offer her a billion things and for lunch and dinner what she gets is what she gets.  Is dry cheerios and raspberries a substantial breakfast?  Could I have stopped at that?

    My son gets a frozen waffle, a banana, milk, and water for breakfast every single morning.  Some days he eats all of it, some days he barely touches it, but either way, that is breakfast.  So I would think that cheerios and raspberries would be perfectly fine as a complete breakfast.  I don't make my husband breakfast, ever.

    I'm puzzled as to why you feel overwhelmed by the dishes, though, especially the sippies.  We literally have two straw cups in play in our kitchen at this point.  One is for milk, one is water.  After every meal, they both go back in the fridge, they get topped off before every meal, and while I'm waiting for his waffle to toast in the morning I wash them both and start fresh.  If it hasn't been sitting out and congealing in the cup, it takes very little effort to give it a quick wash (and I say this as someone who is lazy as hell about housework, seriously).  I reuse his knives and plates frequently throughout the day, too, if they haven't had anything seriously gross on them - I'll go ahead and put the morning banana plate in the dishwasher, but if the lunch plate just had a ham sandwich sitting on it?  Totally using that one again for dinner.   


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