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What is your goal when providing a meal for your child?

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carebear83 Fri 20-May-16 11:51:44

I'm interested to know different people's answer to this question: What is your goal when providing a meal for your child?

Artandco Fri 20-May-16 11:53:11

Fulfilling hunger.

Psycobabble Fri 20-May-16 11:54:00

Think art has summed it up

Woodenmouse Fri 20-May-16 11:54:15

Getting a toddler to eat something!!

SpeakNoWords Fri 20-May-16 11:55:44

Providing something reasonably nutritionally balanced that is also likely to be eaten.

When we had just started weaning, there was an additional goal of including a wide variety of foods as well (colour/texture/flavour etc).

OhGoToSleepPlease Fri 20-May-16 11:56:09

That they'll eat it is generally my goal.

We eat fairly healthily & think we have a good balance so whilst I'm confident that they're being appropriately catered for nutritionally, this is not necessarily at the forefront of my mind. I'm more of a try & keep fuss & tantrums to a minimum at the dinner table person I think

AuldYow Fri 20-May-16 11:58:58

At least 2 of their 5 (or is is 7 ?) a day but mainly that they eat it sensibly. I usually have one hanging half on and half off a chair and another re-enacting the day and I don't want to hear erghhhh I don't like this that or whatever. I've bothered my head to make it so do me the courtesy of eating/trying everything. I only give smallish portions so they're never outfaced and can go back for seconds.

The DCs are 9 & 11.

TheSunnySide Fri 20-May-16 11:59:34

to get him to eat

seeyounearertime Fri 20-May-16 12:01:50

That they survive grin

Cakescakescakes Fri 20-May-16 12:03:35

That he eats it. DS has autism and has an incredibly limited diet. Calories are king here and take priority over nutrition in most cases.

Scotinoz Fri 20-May-16 12:03:57

Ideally? Nutrionally balanced, and diverse in taste/texture etc to educate their palates.

In reality? Something they'll eat. I'd rather they ate Nutella on toast that nothing at all 😕

LizzieMacQueen Fri 20-May-16 12:05:17

So that they'll eat a reasonable amount of food - day to day aim.

So that they don't develop any food issues - long term goal.

blueskyinmarch Fri 20-May-16 12:05:40

My overarching goal over the years that i have been feeding my DC is to ensure they didn’t die. That is the number one priority. Nutrition, variety etc comes second to that.

HappyNevertheless Fri 20-May-16 12:17:51

When they were little
Eat a balanced diet
And then eat a variety of foods with a variety of tastes
Feed the mind and heart (aka emotional connexion) by sitting around at the table. The one time when we are all there together able to share events/problems/sucesses.

Now that they are teenagers (or nearly)
Same as before
Plus learning about where food comes from, the different quality (eg all honeys aren't the same), difference between mass produced and not mass produced, local artisant foods etc etc. In effect that they learn not all foods are the same.
Develop some their taste buds to be able to feel the difference in more subtle taste in foods.

JimmyGreavesMoustache Fri 20-May-16 12:23:01

all depends when you ask me
probably 6 nights out of seven it's to give them something appetising, nutritionally balanced, and varied.

on the seventh it might be to throw some freezer food at them so that they don't starve and I don't have a nervous breakdown in the 10minutes we have between getting in from work and going back out for swim training.

Felco Fri 20-May-16 12:26:55

Protein, veg, as good a carb content as he'll eat.

To have a good laugh around the table, too.

carebear83 Fri 20-May-16 14:58:18

Thank you all! This is very interesting - any more?

dementedpixie Fri 20-May-16 15:02:36

Why do you ask? What's your goal?

imwithspud Fri 20-May-16 15:03:30

To provide a healthy meal that they will also eat! Something that's become a little difficult with dd1 more recently.

Ihatechoosingnames Fri 20-May-16 15:06:49

Getting them to eat something so they're no longer hungry. If it's healthy then that's good. If it isn't so healthy then obviously that isn't so good but meh

OldBeanbagz Fri 20-May-16 15:08:49

I aim to provide a nutricious meal that they'll enjoy eating. Most of the time it works though last night they commented that the curry was slightly hotter than usual. I was trying to sneak it up to my level wink

Some days i even get help with prep and cooking (14 & 11yo DC) and i'm looking forward to them cooking for me and DH.

corythatwas Fri 20-May-16 16:32:04

In the long run, to keep them alive and healthy and get them used to the idea of nutritious food. In the short run, to maintain a precarious grip on my temper. grin

CuntTrollingRs Fri 20-May-16 16:34:02

A cunning ruse to get our 4 teenagers to sit down and chat with us several times a day.

CassandraAusten Fri 20-May-16 18:51:35

In order of importance:

1. Encourage a healthy relationship with food - eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full, don't use food as a reward / punishment / emotional crutch.

2. Provide a reasonably varied, balanced, nutritional diet - protein, veg, limited processed food etc - but not get too hung up on this. Mine eat lots of biscuits, ice creams too.

3. Cook something they like (mine are good eaters so this isn't a major issue for me).

4. Encourage nice table manners.

MintyBojingles Fri 20-May-16 19:36:59

Maximum food in toddler, minimum food on floor.

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