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Do you insist your children eat a paricular menu item when eating out?
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I was speaking to my sister in law, I let my children pick themselves from the menu when we go to restaurants etc. But my sister in law chooses for her children even when she knows it’s something they don’t like and insists that they eat it all.
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When I take my goddaughter and her sister out (5 & 7) I'll normally get a copy of the menu sent to their mum in advance to find out what they don't like/won't eat, and then give them a verbal choice of her recommendations. As in, they get a limited choice.
I'm not a parent. The first time I took children out, I took them to an all-you-can-eat buffet, and let them go, one came back with a bowl of marshmallows he'd held under the chocolate fountain... I learnt that a limited choice makes it a far better meal out!
I suppose I spoilt them a bit, but they not grown up any the worse for it.
However, I would never let them choose from the 'children's menu' because they were usually just lazy options - basically junk food with chips.
The better restaurants would serve small portions of their main menu and I always favoured them when possible.
I totally agree with still encouraging the children to eat healthily when in a restaurant, so guidance and limitation of the menu is sensible in that regard.
To balance that is the need to ensure the children behave and do not scream the place down because, after all, who likes broccoli when a piece of paper says you can have chicken nuggets and ice cream?
No, thought not, so why force children to do otherwise?