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To treat my daughter the (younger) age she acts?

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NotaDisneyMum Tue 28-Jun-11 16:55:53

DD10 tried to sneak the uneaten crusts from her school lunchbox into the rubbish bin without me seeing AGAIN today - she knows full well that I expect food to be eaten, not wasted.

I have told her that the next time I find out it happens - I'll give her a packed lunch suitable for a much younger child; one of an age who I'd accept leaving their crusts.

We've had sulks, stomps and 'it's not fair'.

AIBU? Tbh, it wouldn't bother me if she managed to work out that she can chuck them away at school (I'm guessing that the staff won't let her) but bringing them home and throwing them away infront of me really irks -

Bast Tue 28-Jun-11 16:57:37

YABU for not having a food waste bin and encouraging your DC to use it grin

itsastrawpoll Tue 28-Jun-11 16:59:35

I don't eat crusts, they're minging.

I'm 32.


thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 16:59:43

yes, yabu

do you always force your child to eat food she dislikes? perhaps that's why she has to sneak and lie to stop you being overly angry at her

NotaDisneyMum Tue 28-Jun-11 16:59:47

Only compostable waste can go in our waste food bin, the rest goes to the gasification plant wink

Aworryingtrend Tue 28-Jun-11 17:00:16

Seriously? Is it really worth rowing about? I wouldn't call leaving the crust of a sandwich 'wasting' food as long as she ate the main part of the sandwich.

Numberfour Tue 28-Jun-11 17:00:26


worraliberty Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:02

My 19yr old still doesn't eat crusts.

Cant you trim them off if you don't want her bringing them back in her lunch box?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:26

Give her wholemeal rolls

crusts are not great unless it's fabulous seeded bread

BabyDubsEverywhere Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:34

bleugh....the crusts are the wrapping, they are not for eating! grin

Is it really such a big deal if she leaves the crusts? picking battles and mountains of mole hills come to mind.


scarlettsmummy2 Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:43

I have just done something similar with my thirteen year old foster son this afternoon. I really am struggling to get him to brush his teeth (he tells me has done it, runs tap etc, then doesn't bother) and his breath is smelly, so I have told him he is not getting any treats like sweets, fizzy juice etc for a week until he can prove to me he can be responsible and look after his teeth! he has eleven fillings already in adult teeth so I literally don't know what else to do!

Bogeyface Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:56

Well going against the grain, I dont think YABU at all!

Leaving crusts is a huge bug bear of mine, its the same bread ffs!

TooManyBlossoms Tue 28-Jun-11 17:01:59

YABU. I don't eat crusts either. I'm 33. It's hardly wasting food!

Tchootnika Tue 28-Jun-11 17:02:27

YABU - and a bit of a bully, tbh.

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 17:02:33

just out of interest... why is it ok for a younger child to leave crusts? and how would their lunch differ from hers?

you could always cut the crusts off and use them to make breadcrumbs... no waste at all then

itsastrawpoll Tue 28-Jun-11 17:03:45

I'd be more concerned that, by ten, she hasn't learned a better way to hide stuff like this from you if you are as uptight as you sound, tbh.

thisisyesterday Tue 28-Jun-11 17:03:50

bogeyface yes, it is the same bread, but it does taste different and has a different texture (quite manky on some pre-packaged bread too)

i presume you eat bones and gristle in your meat? after all, it's the same animal hmm

if someone doesn't like something then it's pretty nasty to try and force them to eat it

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 28-Jun-11 17:04:05

ps- I don't think you are being unreasonable, I encourage my children to eat their crusts too and I was also brought up that way. I don't see what the problem is.

Bast Tue 28-Jun-11 17:08:12

Ooooh! We compost compatible waste and the council collect the remainder of the food waste.

My sincere apologies grin

(Don't push the crust thing. Re-open discussion about it from a more open viewpoint, allow her views and realign your boundaries to something tenable for both of you. This should negate the need for her lying because for whatever reason, she currently feels there is a need to do so and that's not good wink)

superjobeespecs Tue 28-Jun-11 17:09:41

my DD is 6 and tells me to eat my crusts blush i eat them most of the time but sometimes they just arent appetizing sad DD has always ate hers well had a wobble at 4 but we sorted that with some tough love from granny grin

LaurieFairyCake Tue 28-Jun-11 17:09:55

scarlett - when foster dd came she pretended she knew how to wash/brush her teeth but I wasn't convinced so I showed her and bought her an electric toothbrush (a loud one) that beeps when you've finished.

Maybe you need to show him what to do.

superjobeespecs Tue 28-Jun-11 17:11:21

btw, i didnt eat crusts till i was about 19/20 wouldnt touch them with a bargepole when i was younger they really do taste different to the bread in the middle

usualsuspect Tue 28-Jun-11 17:12:31

They are only crusts its not a big deal really

Shoesytwoesy Tue 28-Jun-11 17:13:30

yabu ds is 19 and still doesn't eat crusts, tbh I am not keen either.

superv1xen Tue 28-Jun-11 17:14:23

YANBU would annoy me!

why do people have issues with crusts confused its all bread!

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