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Lynda Loveland: Where kids hide food

Posted May 22, 2013

Lynda Loveland

Everybody has their own way of doing things when it comes to kids and dinner. Our rule is you have to try at least one bite of something new and no dessert unless you make a happy plate.

It seems to work for us, or so I thought.

My two oldest will eat nearly anything. I don’t even think my son tastes his food he shoves it in so quickly. He’s our human wood chipper.

But my youngest daughter is more of a grazer and takes FOREVER to eat her meal. She’s always the last one at the table and she’s pickier than her brother and sister. Since she doesn’t clean her plate as often, she doesn’t get the after dinner sweet like everyone else. Too bad, so sad.

One night we were having a dessert that apparently was highly sought after because Carys stopped at nothing to get it. It was the night we had nachos. How do I know? Because my husband found a pile of them in the air vent in the floor! See for yourself in the picture. Lynda Loveland's youngest finds a creative place to hide her nachos

How does a six-year-old look at an air vent and think, hmmm, that’s a good place to hide my food? Especially when there are three very willing and able dogs at the ready!

I have to give her some credit though, it’s pretty clever. The only place I could find to hide my cooked polk greens as a kid was under my mashed potatoes.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of The Mix Morning Show on Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM. Find her here on Thursday. Click here to see her Facebook page.


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  • piety409 May 25, 2013

    Oh, and a little treat before a meal won't hurt anything. This one is for you kids:-)

  • piety409 May 25, 2013

    Cook soul food with out the extra drama.Use "Magic" Greek seasoning with the salt. Go plain and simple. Go organic.

  • carrboroyouth May 23, 2013

    I agree with BeKind

  • raleighboy524 May 23, 2013

    UNCW_Ash: You illustrate my concern about emotionalizing mealtime. You sound angry at your son. Does he always reject all veggies? Do you eat your veggies first? Why should he? What does he eat? Do you model good eating habits -- such as eating veggies yourself? Also, dessert doesn't have to be cake and ice cream or cookies. It could be something healthier like fruit or a healthy smoothie, even popcorn.

  • UNCW_Ash May 23, 2013

    Really BeKind and raleighboy524? Yes kids shouldn't be made to clean a plate-don't think Linda said she does. Her point is that you aren't getting a snack/dessert later if you didn't eat your meal. That's not punitive-it's smart. My son tries to claim quite often that he is "full" after having downed everything EXCEPT his veggies. I tell him the veggies are the most important so claiming "I'm full" isn't going to cut it. He needs to learn to eat those first rather than thinking he doesn't have to eat them at all. Granted there are different approaches depending on age-young children do better with many small portions but for older ones, like my 11 year old son, snacks aren't necessary.

  • raleighboy524 May 23, 2013

    I could not agree more with BeKind. An emotional approach to eating, especially such a punitive one, is not the way to go. Parents should set a good example by eating well themselves, trying different foods, even ones they don't like. You need to take a long-term view of what kids eat and how often. You're asking for trouble if you base your reward or punishment on a meal-by-meal basis. You're way too uptight. Relax, put a lot of good healthy food on the table, eat healthy yourself and I guarantee you your kids will eat a good healthy variety themselves.

  • BeKind May 23, 2013

    I believe making children "clean" their plate before dessert causes overeating. My Mother always leaves food on her plate, and she has never weighed over 145. I would just encourage at least tasting each food. Children have very small stomachs, and there are so many healthy choices to pick from now, they should not be made to eat a lot of what they don't like. I STILL don't like spinach!!