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To want to lock some food away so the kids don't eat it all on the same day I buy it?

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BuggerAllTheBestNamesAreTaken Mon 27-Jun-11 22:04:41

I am sick of buying food like yoghurts, snacks etc and them all being eaten within a few hours of getting them. Especially stuff that is supposed to be for their pack lunches for the week!

Does anyone have a solution, I've told them so many times! seriously considering finding a lockable plastic box to put them all in (food not kids)

SinicalSal Mon 27-Jun-11 22:07:20

My cousin's mum hid all the nice food all over the house. Biscuits in the laundry basket. Bottles of Fanta in the potatoes. Etc

redwineformethanks Mon 27-Jun-11 22:09:04

Could you just buy enough for 3 days and let them know that if it runs out you won't have time to go and buy more, so if they eat all the cheese and there's nothing to go in sandwiches, they may have to eat 5 apples for lunch instead

I'm a great believer in understanding actions and consequences

cybboid Mon 27-Jun-11 22:09:08

Why can't you just tell them no? Do they still do it?

Beamur Mon 27-Jun-11 22:09:48

I have shelf that no one is allowed to help themselves (mostly to keep treats away from youngest) from and a shelf where kids can help themselves.
Sounds like they are hungry kids!

AuntiePickleBottom Mon 27-Jun-11 22:11:48

a fridge lock

Rosemallow Mon 27-Jun-11 22:14:15

My parents used to put snacks in a 'special' cupboard where we weren't allowed to help ourselves. Worked until we got to about 14-15, when helped ourselves anyway.
I suppose you could put fruit in their lunchboxes when they've eaten everything else and tell them it's tough as it's all that is left, maybe they'll think twice about scoffing it all then.

molemesseskilledIpom Mon 27-Jun-11 22:14:37

YANBU. I have to hide stuff or there's nothing left.

Which reminds me...there's some shortbread hidden away from the kids in the baking cupboard - Thanks for reminding me. I was feeling peckish.

BuggerAllTheBestNamesAreTaken Mon 27-Jun-11 22:15:18

Greedy kids more like! They are both grazers always eating, amazed they are not fat the amount they eat!

I do tell them no but they sneak it out of the fridge when I'm not there, quite like the idea of just running out and giving them a rubbish packed lunch because there is no food left.

Maybe I'm not being specific enough about what food they can and can't eat, the shelf idea could be worth a try, thanks

hiddenhome Mon 27-Jun-11 22:15:41

I lock stuff in the shed.

ds1 knows that if he eats all his packed lunch stuff I won't buy more until the next week, so he can go without.

cybboid Mon 27-Jun-11 22:16:39

leave a loaf out and say if they want a snack its toast or nothing

hiddenhome Mon 27-Jun-11 22:17:17

Also, if you have a freezer, you can put yoghurts in there and just defrost them as you need them. We have a chest freezer in the locked shed grin

I have a rule in the house that you can help yourself to any amount of fruit or vegetables, but if you want anything else, you must ask permission.

skybluepearl Mon 27-Jun-11 22:18:23

my mum kept everything in her room secretly stored somewhere

quimbledonsemi Mon 27-Jun-11 22:19:49

There's only a few things I have available for between meal snacks in my house of which dd can help herself to (obly healthy stuff so I don't have to limit it). DD doesn't help herself to other things and if she did, when I specifically told her not too, she'd get a consequence of some kind. You shouldn't have to lock food away!

worraliberty Mon 27-Jun-11 22:21:58

I honestly can't imagine this?

If you tell them no, it should bloody well mean no.

If they don't do as they're told, do you not punish them?

emmanumber3 Mon 27-Jun-11 22:22:53

Urm, may be being simplistic here but can't you just have a general "no taking without asking" rule?

My two DSs are by no means little angels but wouldn't dare help themselves to food without asking (except fruit which they know is always allowed).

Quite apart from anything else, I can't afford to replace things - they get bought once & once only! hmm

wigglesrock Mon 27-Jun-11 22:23:19

My mum used to hide things in the freezer, she didn't buy anymore when stuff had run out, but even now I have a strange desire for frozen Twixes grin

Fifis25StottieCakes Mon 27-Jun-11 22:28:50

My mam used to lock food away when we were young so i wont do it. I keep the fresh stuff hid in the salad draw and the crisps and biscuits hidden. I just take out what they need for a day and leave it out to help themselves. I dont like them asking for food as i had to.

They eat loads of fruit and tend to graze on it so i may have to start rationing that soon.

itisnearlysummer Mon 27-Jun-11 22:31:47

My mum used to hide 'treat' food in my wardrobe so that my dad wouldn't eat it.

It never occurred to my brother or me to eat it.

I wouldn't much fancy her chances now though!

My DH hides stuff from me now. If I know tasty treats are there I can hear them calling and it would be so rude to ignore them!

worraliberty Mon 27-Jun-11 22:33:46

What's wrong with asking for treats? 'Asking for food' makes it sound a bit Dickensian...but we're talking about snacks and treats here. They're not begging for their dinner or anything?

Imo it's common courtesy to ask. Anyway, it means the treats get distributed fairly amongst the kids.

Fifis25StottieCakes Mon 27-Jun-11 22:39:11

Thats what it makes me feel like if they have to ask so i just put a few yogurts out, a packet of bisuits in the barrel and some dried fruit/nuts. They know what they can have and whats theirs and once its gone they dont ask for any more.

vess Mon 27-Jun-11 22:44:30

I hide them in different places around the kitchen. And I rarely buy stuff for the whole week, mostly for 2-3 days ahead. DS will eat everything if he knew it was there, and it's not even meant for him - it's for his sister's lunchbox. He has a school dinner.
I can try the just say no approach, but it will become a constant battle which is not really worth fighting.

BuggerAllTheBestNamesAreTaken Mon 27-Jun-11 22:45:06

My kids are quite often in the house alone so I'm not always here to ask. Maybe I need to be a bit more specific with them about what they can and can't help themselves to.

WhoAteMySnickers Mon 27-Jun-11 22:47:55

How old are they? Give them a packed lunch of dry oatcakes, fruit and raw veg and tell them that's all there is because they ate everything else. They'll soon get the idea.

I really can't believe people seriously lock food away or hide it. Really?

2rebecca Mon 27-Jun-11 22:55:44

My kids don't help themselves to all stuff and I never did as a kid. I don't mind them taking yoghurts as they are cheap and go off if not eaten, but there is definite stuff they can eat and stuff they can't. They know not to eat much in between meals anyway.
It sounds as though you need to be stricter and more specific at what they can and can't eat. If they eat all the yoghurts as snacks then there are none left for packed lunches and they have apples or whatever is left. If they aren't fat I wouldn't worry, but adopt a once it's gone it's gone approach or clarify what they can and can't eat.

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