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Lynda Loveland: A boy and his food

Posted March 24, 2010
Updated March 25, 2010

Lynda Loveland

Kids go through all kinds of phases with their food.

Their first year is fairly easy, milk and baby food. It can be messy, but in the grand scheme of things, easy. It starts to get a little tougher with the introduction of big kid food. But the fun of eating something more than mush is usually kind of exciting for them.

Then it gets difficult. They get picky. I don’t like that. Ewww yuck, I hate that! They may eat two helpings of lima beans at daycare but they sit down at the dinner table at home and it’s a different story.

My 3-year-old daughter Carys is at that stage. It’s a big ole pain in the rear, but she’ll outgrow it. My oldest daughter, 6-year-old Campbell, is a great eater. She’s very healthy, loves salads and fish. My son Caiden is pretty much the same. He’s almost 5 so he’ll eat most of what’s put in front of him. But I noticed he’s been going through a change in the last few months. He’s morphing into some sort of young caveman at the dinner table! The male eating gene is kicking in!!!

Holy moly this is something new to me!! Once upon a time he used to know what a utensil was. Now he hunches over his food, stuffing it in his mouth, hand over fist!! I’m not kidding. Food’s flying everywhere and if you get too close you might lose a digit!

When I tell him to use a fork, he just pushes as much food as he can on it and than uses the other hand to hold it all on until he gets it into his mouth. He finishes in half the time of the girls. He almost always cleans his plate. I’ve started putting more on his plate, a lot more. AND HE FINISHES THAT! I don’t think I can afford him as a teenager!!!

I feel for all you moms of multiple boys. We should start a food drive for you.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Go Ask Mom every Thursday.


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  • RealityAddict Mar 31, 2010

    Linda, you are exactly right about boys. One was enough for me. BTW, I can't believe, your children are already 6, almost 4 and 3. Where has the time gone!!!!

  • carousel mom Mar 25, 2010

    I have a 7 yr old boy that must have a hollow leg. He ate 3 tacos the other night before I finished serving plates to my other 2 children.

    I have a 5 yr old girl that would much rather have steak and lobster than hot dogs and chicken nuggets (dad is proud of that so no little boy can afford her :) ). And she loves a good salad.

    Then there's her twin brother... one minute he'll eat, the next he wont. Sometimes he won't eat lunch at daycare and then refuse dinner at home. I know he's hungry. Other nights he's the first to clean his plate.

    Who knows???.... I love them anyway :)

  • 4lilboys Mar 25, 2010

    4 sons - each as different as night & day. One only eats vegetables (my 3 year old), one only eats meat (one of the 5 year old twins), one only wants cereal (my 10 year old) and the other twin only wants corn. The twin who only eats meat does not believe in using a fork and crams so much in his mouth that the majority of the time, he makes himself sick. Meal times are fun fun fun at my house.

  • efsmiths Mar 25, 2010

    My husband and I have two sons - ages 17 and almost 12. My husband swears the cookies I buy are packaged defectively since he never sees one with all the cookies in it. As soon as they are opened, all of the cookies are eaten. I agree about the food bill being as high as the mortgage. I think my local grocery store should greet me by name when I shop since I am in there so often.

  • mdsmks Mar 25, 2010

    I have 3 children as well, 2 boys ages 16 and 20 and a daughter, age 17. There are some months where our food budget is more than a mortgage payment! My daughter is happy with a salad, but the boys, they can go through 2 hamburgers at dinner and then a package of cookies in one sitting for dessert. They do grow up and eventually learn some manners! Enjoy them.

  • jkca Mar 25, 2010

    Lynda, I feel your pain and I feel the dent in your wallet. I have a 5 and 8 year old boy and it's so true about the "caveman" mannerisms at the table!