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Do you cook separate meals for you/dh and the kids?

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pinkwhistle Mon 07-Feb-05 04:21:08

Just wondering how many mumsnetters cook something for their children different to what the "grown ups" are having?

I know it is sometimes necessary to modify meals for very little ones, but ds is a bit fussy and also dd has certain allergies I have to be careful of, so I sometimes make one thing for them and something else for us! Maybe about twice a week...

I have a friend with a 6 yr old dd and 2 teenage ds's, and she regularly cooks 3 different things - one for her, one for dd and one for the boys!

Anyone else?

nailpolish Mon 07-Feb-05 08:07:51

i only cook something different if dd doesnt like what we are having. she always wants the same as us anyway!

i can understand the problems with allergies though, must be difficult. i think its more important to all eat together, rather than what you are having

lowcalCOD Mon 07-Feb-05 08:09:50

noI try and do either the same or variations on a theme

ie spag bol for all
or pork casserol with oilives etc added for us

collision Mon 07-Feb-05 08:11:23

I dont do any cooking as DH does it all! We tend to modify what we are eating for ds 1 who is 3 and he will eat earlier than us so he often eats something different. However, if the kids were all eating together then I would not cook something different for each of them.

skerriesmum Mon 07-Feb-05 08:11:32

We usually all eat the same dinner but will sometimes substitute one item, e.g. 2 year old doesn't like salmon so I'll give him fish fingers instead!

skerriesmum Mon 07-Feb-05 08:12:07

And I've found I'm rediscovering "childrens food", sausages and beans are really good!

Freckle Mon 07-Feb-05 08:12:37

During the week, the boys have school lunches, so I normally only do a light tea for them and something cooked for dh and me later. At weekends the boys normally have what we're having, unless they have a sudden craving for burgers and suchlike, which I won't touch. I always have to cook something slightly different for dh as he doesn't eat meat and I don't see why we should all miss out.

marialuisa Mon 07-Feb-05 13:56:43

No, she eats what we eat, even when it's a take-away.

Beansmum Mon 07-Feb-05 13:58:50

No, ds is 8 months and I usually have what he is having, slightly modified. So I eat a lot of cheese sauce and tomatoey sauce and bolognese! Maybe I should make him eat what I'm having not the other way around

Hulababy Mon 07-Feb-05 13:59:04

Sometimes we do. But that is mainly as I don't eat meat and DH and DD do. So I am often the odd one out. Where possible I do variations of the same thing though, or sometimes if DH and me are eatng later DD will have something different.
Example: tonight DH and I are having tuna, but DD isn't so keen and prefers salmon - so she is having that. But we will all have rice and veggies.

Lonelymum Mon 07-Feb-05 14:01:16

No, not as a rule although I relented and bunged some fish fingers under the grill the other day when I was cooking fish pie and ds1 (not fusyy generally) said he would rather go to bed hungry than eat it. I felt cross with myself for giving in, but, as I say, he is not normally fussy, and it seemed a small thing to do.

zubb Mon 07-Feb-05 14:03:44

Just one meal, unless one of us is late and then I'll feed the kids and we'll eat later.
We have had to introduce more child-friendly meals - we have mashed potato now! - but the kids will also eat quite spicy things now, and I try introducing new meals most weeks.

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 14:09:29

we eat a lot of highly spiced food, so often have something different from the kids. However ds2 will eat a lot of suitable family meals, ds1 has a very limited diet (self-imposed) and would rather starve than eat what we eat.

Ameriscot2005 Mon 07-Feb-05 14:09:50

We all eat the same.

moondog Mon 07-Feb-05 14:43:09

We've always eaten at the same time and,from about 10 months onwards,have all eaten the same thing.
It is so important for families to eat together. This was sacred when we were children and it remains so.
Two things I just DON'T get.

Fussy eaters. What's that all about? Who earns the money. Who does the shopping? Who's in charge? If they're hungry they'll eat.That's it.

'Children's food'.I would rather die than feed a fish finger,baked beans,sausages,sausage rolls,chicken nuggets,tinned spaghetti or anything of this ilk to my children, myself or indeed anyone else.

Children enjoy a drop of Claret with their dinner as well.
Bleeaaaargh!!!!!!

Freckle Mon 07-Feb-05 14:45:21

Clearly you've never had to deal with a fussy eater. Children will not always eat what is put in front of them, even if there is nothing else on offer. They'd rather go hungry than eat something they don't want/like.

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 14:46:22

hear hear Freckle

Blossomhill Mon 07-Feb-05 14:46:56

Yes I do. Kids have school dinners and then I do them something about 5ish. Then dh and I eat at about 6.30-7.

MunchedTooManyMarsLady Mon 07-Feb-05 14:47:01

No, can't be ar*ed to cook separate meals. I only do that if we've invited friends to supper. Then we indulge ourselves and the kids who are more than happy with DIY pizza

Blossomhill Mon 07-Feb-05 14:48:24

Moondog I have to agree with Freckle. I would rather die than force my child to eat something they obviously do not like or want.

Titania Mon 07-Feb-05 14:48:45

DH sometimes doesnt get in til nearly 7-8pm so we don't have tea til then. I have to cook for the kids for their tea about 4.30. They usually have the same as us unless its something that will ruin by me trying to keep it warm for us later.

moondog Mon 07-Feb-05 14:52:00

Freckle and blossomhill.
I have NEVER forced a child to eat anything against their will. The point I'm making is that they have what we're having or nothing at all.
They won't starve.
My dd has spent a week eating next to nothing (admittedly she is unwell) and I have never forced anything on her.
IMO persuading children to eat when they don't want to sets a dangerous precedent for future appetite and weight management.

milge Mon 07-Feb-05 14:55:38

The kids have one meal the same as us(generally supper) and whatever's to hand for lunch. they have fishfingers etc at lunch, unless dh and I want them for tea too.

iota Mon 07-Feb-05 15:01:52

moondog - I have one child who is always keen to try stuff and loves his food, and another who is a very poor eater - has skinny ribs - and will happily not eat if the food is not to his taste.

If I want him to eat a balanced diet I have to feed him things that he will eat e.g he likes broccoli, beans, carrots and cauliflower, but will not eat any other sort of vegetable. So I always give him one of those 4 vegs. It frustrates me that he won't eat more variety, but at the end of the day he does eat stuff from all the food groups and is an active healthy child.

suedonim Mon 07-Feb-05 15:06:30

We all eat the same thing, except maybe when dd has a friend over and they have something they want which we don't. I don't like cooking that much so making more than one thing is a nightmare to me. Even when ds2 was on an exclusion diet we ate the same as him, restricted as it was!!!

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