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Old 12-06-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Do you share your food? If the kids have been fed and you sit down with your lunch, do they want it?

I do not share my food except for with dd, who is 16 months. My older kids are notorious for eating their food (or not) and then asking for a snack or a bite of mine 5 minutes later. It bugs me but not Dh, he shares.

ETA I allow them to choose how much they eat at mealtime but snacks are at a set time or they would graze all day and never sit to eat a meal. If they choose not to eat, they wait.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: Sharing your food with the kids

We also have this problem. I do not share my meals (I always sit at the table to eat meals) if I'm eating alone. Like if lunch was super hectic and I didn't get a chance to sit and eat with the kids (I normally eat with them). But my kids will absolutely beg like a dog haha! If its a snack to be shared we all sit together and eat.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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I share and usually don't mind. Sometimes it gets annoying if I make a smaller portion for myself or have offered them the same food before I sat down.

Hubby does not like to share, but will on occasion.

I feed them as often as they ask, unless they are not eating what they asked for or are literally asking every minute. I could probably structure their meals more for my sanity. Sometimes I feel like my whole life is standing I. The kitchen pouring drinks and prepping food.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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We are very flexible in my house. We share food all the time, we snack throughout the day, and we are open to meal suggestions from our DS.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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Re: Sharing your food with the kids

We eat at the same time for every meal. And generally the same things, so it's not often an issue. I see dining as a social experience for the family.

For lunches, I do often have something different and yes, I share when she asks. but she knows that if she wants some of my salad or whatever, she will be required to eat a bite of whatever is on her plate.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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We are very flexible in my house. We share food all the time, we snack throughout the day, and we are open to meal suggestions from our DS.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Re: Sharing your food with the kids

Yes, I share. I also usually anticipate that they'll want some and make enough extra.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:06 AM   #8
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Re: Sharing your food with the kids

I almost always feed them lunch and breakfast before I eat or my food is cold and has to wait anyway because I'm too busy helping them to eat it. They always want some of what I have if it is different than theirs.

We are like you. I don't usually share, my husband usually does. Though, he is starting not to. I won't share with my kids because I have 5 small kids (6, but one is only 7wks). If I share with one, they all want some. Then, I end up with nothing left. This is what my husband is learning too.

The other reason I am extra strict about it now is because our family is very prone to strep throat in the last couple of years. I always seem to get it with the kids. So, I try to avoid sharing germs as much as possible, especially during the winter, but we get it in the summer too so even then.

ETA - We eat dinner as a family most nights. If I feed the kids separate from us, we eat after they go to bed so we can eat in peace. It's like our date night.
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I share with the exception of spicy food. I love spicy food. If I tell DD something on my plate is spicy, she won't touch it. I have been guilty of telling DD that a slice of cheesecake was spicy.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #10
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Re: Sharing your food with the kids

I share. Honestly, it irritates me - I don't like to share but I try to think of it as my new portion control program
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