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2,688 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by falconwing

Do you think it is right to make a child sit at the table and finish everything on their plate?


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12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:09:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. If someone is full, someone is full.

Why would you force someone to continue eating?

I'd put it in the fridge and make them eat it later if they got hungry, though.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:13:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it seems like they could get a stomachache that way
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:16:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
If they purposely ate as much mac&cheese as they could and left all the peas, I'd make him finish the peas, because that was his own fault.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:17:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
peas and mac & cheese? gross.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:22:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
I was simply using the two as a food most kids like and a food most kids don't like. And I didn't mean peas and mac & cheese mixed together, if that's what you thought.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:25:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
What's wrong with mixing peas with mac and cheese?
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:25:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Dunno, but I wouldn't like it just because I don't like peas.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 12:27:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
i love peas!

the two just dont go together, but i see where you're going

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 10/9/07 - 5:47:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Peas go great with mashed potatoes

I don't do it, but I can see why other parents would.

I saw my sister eat green beans til she puked. Mom had to clean up a crying 5 year old and her mess. I still hate green beans.

I'm the mom this time. It's perfectly fine if they don't want to eat what's available. But I'm not making anything else. So they'd better hope I make something less "gross' the next meal.

Now that they're older, I still won't be a short-order cook. They can make their own pb & j or bowl of cereal to tide them over. But only one.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 12:53:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess if they are being picky... I think it works better to save the food they didn't eat (if possible) and when they get hungry enough give them that to eat again.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:10:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
It does some a bit hypocritical when there's a huge child obesity crisis and we're forcing kids to eat more....
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:15:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
This nanny I had made me do that for 10 years.

I remember crying my eyes out while trying to eat a huge cold plate of chicken curry with her shouting "Think of the starving children in Africa!" I sat there for about an hour, close to puking, until I ate it all.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:17:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
No I think it's ridiculous and can be borderline cruelty.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:50:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. But I always let them know that there will NOT be anything else to eat until the next meal. In other words, if you're full, that's fine, but if you're not eating just because you don't like it and want something else, tough titty. That's just wasteful.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:52:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
My step mom forced me to do that once. I still refuse to eat sweet and sour chicken.
My dad soon got rid of her.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 1:54:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
If you give reasonable portions, I think it's also reasonable to request they not waste food.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:24:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends really. With what IRL said.
Also like some foods make people gag. After you know that, forcing them to eat it is wrong.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:30:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/10/2007 1:54:54 PM IRLIteach wrote:
If you give reasonable portions, I think it's also reasonable to request they not waste food.

Exactly. It may seem cruel (especially if you're the kid), but it also teaches an important lesson about not wasting food, and also being more open minded about food. So many kids grow up eating unhealthily because they convince themselves they don't like certain foods, although they've never gone beyond putting it in their mouth and spitting it right out.

Some foods the kid will genuinely not like, and the parents should be watchful for this, and cater to it appropriately. The important thing is that they get a balanced diet.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:31:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
No because the clean your plate ideal often encourages weight gain later in life, because people feel compelled to eat everything given to them.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:36:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/10/2007 6:31:12 PM Raphael wrote:
No because the clean your plate ideal often encourages weight gain later in life, because people feel compelled to eat everything given to them.

Nonsense.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:37:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hell, in Japan it was compulsory to clear you plate IN SCHOOLS until recently, and seeing an overweight person in Japan is like spotting Yeti.
12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:40:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/10/2007 6:36:19 PM Isthiezak wrote:
On 10/10/2007 6:31:12 PM Raphael wrote: No because the clean your plate ideal often encourages weight gain later in life, because people feel compelled to eat everything given to them. Nonsense.

then the japanese people are obviously different than Americans? You're nonsense.

It contributes to unhealthy eating habits.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:50:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
They're both humans, and I'll think you'll find that what makes Americans fat, will also make a Japanese person fat.

Unhealthy eating habits consist of eating irregularly, such as between meals, and eating food that is bad for you.

Finishing a plate of a balance meal is a healthy eating habit.

Placing a mountain of bangers & mash drowned in gravy in front of your kid and saying "finish it", is something quite different.


12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:54:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Dude, most of the restaurants/eating places I go to have very nice balanced meals but if I were to finish my plate every f*cking time I'd gain like forty pounds.

It's a habit that should be unlearned as soon as possible. And really does work against you if you are attempting to lose weight.

I have NO clue what bangers are.

12 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 10/10/07 - 6:55:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also, you SHOULD snack.

But you need to snack well. An apple or some low fat yogurt is an excellent idea.


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