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I probably have a judgypant wedgie, but AIBU to feel really sorry for this nursery worker and hmmmm at this situation?

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LifeIsButtercream Sun 19-Jun-11 09:57:59

I went to collect DD from nursery the other day, when I arrived there was another parent collecting her DS, and I overheard a conversation between her and one of the young nursery assistants.

The nursery assistant was giving the mum a rundown of her sons day, and commented that he hadn't eaten much lunch, the mum asked what had been served for lunch, the nursery worker said pasta bolognaise and the mum laughed in her face and said "you can't expect a kid to eat that - this is a nursery you should serve normal kid food".

The (very young and now rather anxious-looking) nursery worker asked the mum whether she had noted her son's food preferences on his paperwork form (there is a section for allergies/intolerances/religious needs/dislikes etc) and the mum said she didn't need to as her son ate 'all normal kid food'.

By this point DD had come out and we were ready to leave, the other mother was still going on that she was going to complain that the children were not being served suitable food, as 'you can't expect a child to eat that sort of thing', by this point she was talking to the nursery worker as if she was stupid, and another member of staff had joined the conversation.

I left with DD but can't help but wonder (and wish I'd asked the mum) - what does 'kid food' constitute? Does it come in a labelled bag, like dog food for instance? [evil laugh]

c0rn55ilk Sun 19-Jun-11 10:00:28

billy bear perhaps?

Jaspants Sun 19-Jun-11 10:01:01

IIW being judgy I'd guess her idea of "kid food" is probably chicken nuggets and pizza grin but obviously I am not judgy at all

AuntiePickleBottom Sun 19-Jun-11 10:01:43

i suppose the kind of food you would find in the freezer, something like smily faces, chicken shaped like dinosaurs, princess, chicken dippers, chips..all served with ketchup.

LifeIsButtercream Sun 19-Jun-11 10:02:05

I am in such and evil mood today! I was so tempted to ask her what 'kid food' was and angst to her that I'd not been feeding my DD properly........grin

strandedbear Sun 19-Jun-11 10:04:43

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MistressFrankly Sun 19-Jun-11 10:04:52

Hmmm very weird. my 9month old love spag bog. Does that make her an adult?! Whoop whoop that means she can make her own tea and pull her weight round the house grin Dont know what kid food is but i am way too lazy to make it. DD eats exactly what we eat without the salt and less spices.

gapants Sun 19-Jun-11 10:06:52

I would say spag bol IS kids food. Very much so. What an idiot mother.

sunshineandbooks Sun 19-Jun-11 10:08:12

confused I thought good old spaghetti bolognaise was one of the foods everyone fed their child.

blackeyedsusan Sun 19-Jun-11 10:08:20

<preens> dds favourite food is spaghetti bolognase though she does like all the normal kid food too blush

sleeplessinderbyshire Sun 19-Jun-11 10:08:51

sounds entirely normal to serve kids spag bol (the fact that my nightmare 22 month old dd would run a mile rather than eat it is a reflection of her own bloodyminded fussiness rather than any inappropriateness form nursery)

darleneoconnor Sun 19-Jun-11 10:10:43

I feel sorry for that poor child. You should tell the na next time you see her that the mum wbu.

Bluemoonrising Sun 19-Jun-11 10:12:53

spag bol is normal kids food in this house. DDs favourite.

5DollarShake Sun 19-Jun-11 10:13:37

Gawd - spag bol is such an easy standby to batch cook and freeze. 'Ready meals'-go-go. My two year old and 10-month old had it for dinner tonight. It's the epitome of kid food, isn't it?! grin

cauchemar Sun 19-Jun-11 10:15:01

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CroissantNeuf Sun 19-Jun-11 10:15:39

There are some people out there who still think spaghetti bolognaise is 'foreign muck', although admittedly most of them are the older generations ie. grandparent/great grandparent ages rather than parents of small children.

I was talking to a grandmother in the playground the other day who was saying that she didn't eat pasta as 'you just don't know whats in it, do you?' hmm

pissedrightoff Sun 19-Jun-11 10:16:38

Spag bol is the only meal that my 23 month old DD will finish and ask for more of. (She and I play lady and the tramp with the long bits of spaghetti, very cute)

The Mother at the nursery was out of order.

LittleMissFlustered Sun 19-Jun-11 10:19:12

Damn you all, I want spaghetti bolognese now, and we're out today so can't!

My two have been raised on stuff that can be flung on pasta. They get twitchy if there aren't at least two pasta meals a weekgrin

TheMonster Sun 19-Jun-11 10:19:36

I wish my DS would eat spag bol. All he eats is fruit, chicken nuggets and chips.

Mumbrane Sun 19-Jun-11 10:22:38


Last week my kids had spag bol, macaroni cheese, pasta with pesto and spaghetti napoletana, and I am maing a pasta bake for tonight grin

Pasta is kid's food, isn't it? it's the ultimate kid's food, imo. I think that mum needs to admit that she has a fussy child (one of mine is a fusspot, too, and lived on toast, chips and yogurt until he was about 5 yrs old). Wrong to blame the nursery, who seem to be preparing perfectly acceptable meals.

dadof2ofthem Sun 19-Jun-11 10:24:05

sounds like this had little to do with the food and more to do with the mother finding herself in a situation by her seniority in age over the nurse to have a self-ritious bullying, and she just couldnt help herself. sorry to play dr freud.

LittleMissFlustered Sun 19-Jun-11 10:30:08

Mumbrane, do your like to steal the plain cooked pasta and use it as a general snack too? I swear I could just leave a bucket of it in the fridge every day and have none left come bedtime!

cookcleanerchaufferetc Sun 19-Jun-11 10:34:56

Sounds like the mum is a bit if a turkey twirlers fan, or whatever they are called!

saralyn Sun 19-Jun-11 11:17:10

I had a funny experience while working in a kitchen at a camp site in Switzerland. We had a British group visiting, and one of the leaders asked what was for dinner. I replied that we were making chicken curry.
The leader said " oh, really, I am not sure the children will eat spicy food like that".

I was a bit surprised, as it was my impression that chicken curry was very popular food in England, but replied that we would make a mild version and a spicy version, just in case.

when her group came to eat, all the kids were going " ooh, chicken curry, my favourite, I'll have the spicy one please, I love spicy food", and they all eat it.

Me thinks it was the leader who wasn't so keen on spicy food grin

oh, and yes, of course spaghetti bolognaise is kids food! The woman probably just doesn't like it herself, or doesn't realise that kids can eat normal food.

BumWiper Sun 19-Jun-11 11:22:54

Hmm so she wants her DS fed fatty,salty,shite made to look attractive for kids,instead of proper nutritional food.

I bet her freezer is full of smily faces and dinosaur shaped nuggets.

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