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26 December 2010 @ 02:57 pm
This has been a hot button issue with my family (both blood and inlaws) and I'm really curious how the other parents here feel on it.

Do you have any restrictions on what your children eat other than allergies? Do you think it is better to limit or omit certain foods or for your children to eat whatever they want?
Tina Annmagikaldragon on December 27th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
i am trying to limit sugary foods with matthew cause it keeps him up at night... and my MIL will not let up on wanting to feed him cookies, cake, ice cream, pie, etc... she insists that he NEEDS these things when we are eating them at family dinners... she always makes them for us when we have a dinner together...

for example ice cream... he doesn't even like it... but she wants to force it upon him... and sugar him up... and i tell her repeatedly he doesn't like it... and he doesn't need it... she tells me oh he's fine... he's only making that face cause it's cold... and the sugar wont hurt him.
magsphamos818 on December 27th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Eh, I generally try not to give Dahlia things with ludicrous amounts of salt or sugar, but it's sorta about moderation. She's never had candy, and only chocolate a couple of times, and if I give her chips I try and give her the least unhealthy variety that is available. I try not to be too much of a dick about it...but my in-laws would happily feed her Cheeto-flavored ice cream every time we visit, if I would let them.
Dawnfiredawnfire99 on December 28th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Nice to know I'm not completely alone but I do think I need to relax a little. Ceridwen hasn't had candy yet or soda (and I'm going to do my best to keep it that way for another year or two at least), but she has had ice cream (she rather likes it as long as it is Strawberry ice cream). She's had cookies a few times and I regret it terribly because she has a bit of a cookie obsession. But I really do try to limit sweets and salty foods, or fried and greasy things too. It's hard and everyone seems to think I'm wrong for it. Hell if I'd let my MIL have her way Ceridwen would have had a candy cane last Christmas when she was only 10 months old.
rikkileerikkilee on December 28th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
I am not picky about what Melody eats. I do not want her living off of junk food, but for instance, right now it is christmas.
If I want to watch dora with her eating m&ms and miniature reeses, then I am going to share some with her and we can have fun eating chocolate together.
It would be a sad sad world without chocolate.

my issue is her drinking. I have given her nothing but water as soon as she could drink. she was perfectly fine with water. my husband would give her juicy juice and I didn't complain because it didn't hurt her, but I wanted her to be ok with drinking water.

well, my mother in law could not understand this concept and has gallons and gallons of hawaiian punch for her. it is pure sugar. I will send her with a cup full of water or a fruit juice, AND SHE WILL POUR IT OUT AND PUT PUNCH IN IT.

I have tried talking to her about this, but I do not know what else to do.
Pretty Oneeternalneophyte on December 29th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I'd let my M-I-L disrespected my wishes that much, I'd let her know that she wouldn't be getting visits without you until she straightened up.

I try not to be a nazi about Teb's eating, but if that's how you want her to be raised, then she should understand that she needs to follow your rules. I wouldn't let Teb have that, either.
Brandolynmetalmadchen on January 12th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm not that restrictive, but I don't like chewy candies for either of my kids. I also don't allow them to have coke at all and only just started allowing my son to have sprite every now and then (he is 4 1/2). Other than that, I limit most things rather than restrict them.
Dawnfiredawnfire99 on January 16th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I've taken that approach of late. Ceridwen can have almost anything we eat but as a general rule I'm trying to have us only eat things we'd _want_ her to eat. At least most of the time. That aside we are probably going out for ice cream today. *lol*