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To lie to my child about what he's eating?

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ElphabaTheGreen Tue 11-Dec-12 19:09:42

We've started weaning DS (6mo) which has coincided with us eating a bit too much crap, so we can't just give him what we're having. We ate donuts the other day and gave him a rice cracker with nut butter and told him it was a donut. Tonight we had pizza and gave him a rice cracker spread with cream cheese (told him it was pizza).

In our deceit, have we started him on the slippery slope to drug-addiction and/or are the baby-led weaning police going to 'ave me?


hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 11-Dec-12 19:12:02

Why lie at all? Sorry just don't get this (unless it's some kind of joke which my sleep deprived brain is missing out on).

NatashaBee Tue 11-Dec-12 19:13:18

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ElphabaTheGreen Tue 11-Dec-12 19:14:42

It's my own personal, sleep deprived attempt at humour, while I'm sitting here bored shitless trying to get said child asleep which will last for all of three hours.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 11-Dec-12 19:19:06

If he understands you at 6 months get yourself over to gifted and talented he's obviously a genius.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 11-Dec-12 19:19:57

Ah right, I was on nights last night and haven't slept yet since I got up at 8am yesterday morning as I'm back on an early shift tomorrow.

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Tue 11-Dec-12 19:23:02

When you get him off to sleep - go straight to bed, you are clearly severely sleep deprived.

ElphabaTheGreen Tue 11-Dec-12 19:52:24

You have no idea.

<Searches for underpants>
<Finds them securely fitted over top of head>
<Sobs into a basket of dirty washing>

gindrinker Tue 11-Dec-12 20:05:18

With lies like that he'll be ruined forever!
My parents failed to mention to me that coleslaw was raw cabbage and carrot (neither of which I'd eat normally) until I was 8 or 9...

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Tue 11-Dec-12 20:23:36

My son wouldn't eat gravy... But he would eat chicken sauce! hmm he's nearly 17 now. The other week I fed him fish cakes and told him they were just potato! <<evil>> apparently he is icthiophibic! hmm or maybe just allergic to real food!

PomBearWithAnOFRS Tue 11-Dec-12 20:35:38

My no3 son thinks a Cumberland is a small animal that lives on the hills of Cumbria (sort of like Haggis but English) and is used for delicious NOT PORK sausages. He won't eat pork or pork products at all - very long story.
If it was for religious/cultural reasons I wouldn't fib to him at all, and we do generally accommodate him, but he loves sausages <shrug>

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Tue 11-Dec-12 20:46:43

I didn't think they could have nutty butter till after their first birthday.

<misses the point entirely>

SarahStratton Tue 11-Dec-12 20:52:46

<joins kitty in the Completely Missed The Point corner>

I don't understand. He's 6 months, do you really think he understands what a pizza or a doughnut is? confused

And why? Why would you tell him that anyway?

upstart68 Tue 11-Dec-12 21:04:04

Mine went through a phase of refusing to eat any meat but chicken. So we gave her salmon and told her it was pink chicken. She loves it now. Hasn't done her any harm. She did say for a bit, i thought this was chicken. And we just said, no it's salmon. You like it don't you.

I think the wrapping cucumber in sweet wrappers is genius!

FredFredGeorge Tue 11-Dec-12 21:24:37

YABU for giving the poor kid rice crackers.

cricketballs Tue 11-Dec-12 21:38:37

my youngest DS thought every meal he ate was chicken - I think he started to get suspicious when he said that "this is fishy chicken mum; are you sure its chicken?"

If I hadn't had lied to him then there was no way he would have had a balanced diet - now, he will try anything wink

mrscrimbobash Tue 11-Dec-12 21:45:01

Lol @ fishy chicken.

If you can get them to eat things by any means necessary then it's a good thing grin

Just don't carry it on until he's 20 or he'll probably get bullied for his bizarre packed lunches.

AllSnowballsAndNoKnickers Tue 11-Dec-12 21:50:47

6 months? Just tell him it's air dried dodo in a cloud of wasabi mist by Heston Blumenthal. He'll believe that too!

hatgirl Tue 11-Dec-12 21:52:22

PomBearWithAnOFRS Genius and yet potentially highly embarrassing when his friends laugh at him for thinking there is an animal called a cumberland. Like my friends did to me for thinking that lightning was some kind of sentient being that could actively seek out small children and attack them. DM trying to reassure us told us as children that lightning could only get you if it saw you and I have a particularly vivid memory at the age of around 8 rugby tackling my sister to the floor when she nearly walked past our bedroom window during a thunderstorm. I always vowed to explain things properly to my children (ha, lets see how that works out!)

Schlock Tue 11-Dec-12 21:55:55

At six months I don't think either of my lovely children could sit up straight let alone know what they were eating so well done him! I'm pretty sure I did things like ignore ice cream vans when they were under a year old so I don't suppose telling a fib about doughnuts would have had any impact at all.

I was hiding behind the fridge door scoffing biscuits when they were 2/3 yrs old, look forward to that!

On the other hand, maybe hiding behind the fridge door eating biscuits is why my 15yr old is currently hating my from upstairs because I won't buy her an iPad for christmas.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 11-Dec-12 22:04:24

My DS munched down 2 helpings of scampi (with half a gallon of ketchup) .I told him it was chicken nuggets.

<<i'll get ulcers on my tongue with the fibs>>

treesntrees Tue 11-Dec-12 22:07:16

my daughter told her semi-vegetarian five year old daughter that the chicken she served her was vegetarian because it only ate grain.

TheCortanaThatStoleChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 22:08:58

Fed DS Octopus at Yo Sushi. Told him it was just a mash potato ball.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 11-Dec-12 22:13:12

If you did this when he's older he would,I expect,have the idea reinforced that doughnuts and pizza are nice food and healthy food isn't nice.

So I wouldn't let myself get into a habit of it while he's too young to understand.

OpheliaBumps Tue 11-Dec-12 23:10:03

I told DD that every meat item she ate was 'sausage' when she went through a stage where she would only eat sausage. Shepherds pie=sausage, chicken=sausage, beef stew=sausage etc

Mind you I learned from a true master (mistress?). After telling her I didn't eat chicken, my aunty presented me with 'oud en' which I wolfed down. Took her months to admit 'oud en' was in fact old hen, or chickengrin

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