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(Slate)   "My two sons, 8 and 10, are good, healthy eaters; they are food adventurous, enjoy veggies, eating everything we do. My in-laws live next door and give my kids kid food like nuggets instead of salmon when my boys want salmon. I'm outraged. What do?"   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-05-10 6:25:45 PM  

cyberspacedout: invictus2: cyberspacedout: Byno: [Fark user image 300x168]
/Disapproves

I was just watching that yesterday. GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!

here's another version

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Different MJ song, actually. The pic Byno posted was from Al's video for Fat, which was a spoof of Bad.

Cool cover/mashup, though.


/ I noticed that right after I posted it
/ thanks though
 
2020-05-10 6:35:27 PM  
My SIL did this once. She invited us over for dinner. She served steak and grilled veggies to the adults and to her teens but served my younger children spaghetti Os and cut up hotdogs. My oldest did not like it but ate it without complaint. My youngest (she has autism) refused. She would have happily eaten the steak and veggies. My SIL had a fit and called my kids ungrateful. We chose to never have dinner with the SIL again.
 
2020-05-10 9:05:22 PM  
If some of you folks actually read the article, the kids are eating whatever is put in front of them, they just prefer what their own parents provide. Which not only is healthier food by a long shot, it is food that tastes good to them (not common amongst kids), and the parents gladly foot the bill for it.

Whether it's the granparents' mindset or budget, it sounds like they're insisting on feeding them crap food-  highly processed, cheap unhealthy junk that should be kept to a minimum whenever possible anyway. If it's budget, the parents can offer to provide the meals. If it's mindset- "They're kids! They should be eating 'fun foods' like dino-shaped nuggets all the time!" then the grandparents need to be talked to kindly as the writer suggests, in order to let them know this needs to change. The goal is to build strong, healthy humans, not pander to some warped idea of a kiddie diet in their own minds.
 
2020-05-10 9:21:23 PM  
You know, grandparents come with different strengths and different expectations. Some may provide fine dining and require manners and skills with cutlery that far outstrip a young child's manual dexterity. Others offer hot dogs off the grill in the backyard and encourage you to drink from a garden hose.

Just....get over it and cherish the time you have together.
 
2020-05-10 9:37:08 PM  

Wendigogo: If some of you folks actually read the article, the kids are eating whatever is put in front of them, they just prefer what their own parents provide. Which not only is healthier food by a long shot, it is food that tastes good to them (not common amongst kids), and the parents gladly foot the bill for it.

Whether it's the granparents' mindset or budget, it sounds like they're insisting on feeding them crap food-  highly processed, cheap unhealthy junk that should be kept to a minimum whenever possible anyway. If it's budget, the parents can offer to provide the meals. If it's mindset- "They're kids! They should be eating 'fun foods' like dino-shaped nuggets all the time!" then the grandparents need to be talked to kindly as the writer suggests, in order to let them know this needs to change. The goal is to build strong, healthy humans, not pander to some warped idea of a kiddie diet in their own minds.


It might be that nuking some pizza rolls is easier than sautéing some salmon, steaming the asparagus, and making a light pan sauce.

Then doing all the dishes after.
 
2020-05-10 9:42:56 PM  

Bonzo_1116: Wendigogo: If some of you folks actually read the article, the kids are eating whatever is put in front of them, they just prefer what their own parents provide. Which not only is healthier food by a long shot, it is food that tastes good to them (not common amongst kids), and the parents gladly foot the bill for it.

Whether it's the granparents' mindset or budget, it sounds like they're insisting on feeding them crap food-  highly processed, cheap unhealthy junk that should be kept to a minimum whenever possible anyway. If it's budget, the parents can offer to provide the meals. If it's mindset- "They're kids! They should be eating 'fun foods' like dino-shaped nuggets all the time!" then the grandparents need to be talked to kindly as the writer suggests, in order to let them know this needs to change. The goal is to build strong, healthy humans, not pander to some warped idea of a kiddie diet in their own minds.

It might be that nuking some pizza rolls is easier than sautéing some salmon, steaming the asparagus, and making a light pan sauce.

Then doing all the dishes after.


Not if they're preparing a meal for themselves and then preparing a different one for the kids. That is not only more money, it's more work, and cleanup.
 
2020-05-10 11:27:14 PM  
Letter writer says they're paying for all this junk food, not the grandparents. Are they also doing all the shopping? Then they're the ones bringing all this stuff home. Stop making it available. Talk to the grandparents about serving themselves the same meals as the kids. Or send them back to their own house for the rest of quarantine.

And it IS bullshiat to feed kids garbage "because they're kids" when they'd be happy eating "grown-up food". How many parents would LOVE to have kids that willingly ate their fish and veggies? Enjoying healthy food is GOOD. Getting little kids addicted to sugar, fat and salt is BAD. I feel that eating good stuff while making kids eat garbage is pretty farked up and one of the many ways mean folks bully those beneath them.

I remember being a kid at family cook outs watching steaks and shish kebabs sizzling on the grill only to get the cheapest pigs lips 'n assholes hotdog on my plate. Getting dismissed or called greedy if I asked for steak. Bunch of jerks. I threw the hotdog to the dog and gnawed my way through the veggie platter. Jokes on them though, all their kids are hoverround huge and I'm over here enjoying my wagyu.
 
2020-05-10 11:32:03 PM  

Mrs Gruen P Autowind: You know, grandparents come with different strengths and different expectations. Some may provide fine dining and require manners and skills with cutlery that far outstrip a young child's manual dexterity. Others offer hot dogs off the grill in the backyard and encourage you to drink from a garden hose.

Just....get over it and cherish the time you have together.


There is lead in garden hose water.

I might draw a firmer line on that one than on chicken nuggets.
 
2020-05-10 11:51:45 PM  
Our two year old twins saw their seven year old big sister try a tuna roll a few months ago. Now they want our sushi instead of the kids chicken
Tempura we used to have them split. That is going to get expensive if they keep it up.
 
2020-05-11 12:27:08 AM  

dv-ous: Salmon is expensive.


Are you referring to farmed or wild-caught?
 
2020-05-11 12:32:14 AM  
Those aren't kids.  Those are bears who ate your children and took their place.
 
2020-05-11 6:37:13 AM  
I always fed the kids and the grands the same thing everyone else had, except when they were really little and were still eating mush.
When  one of my kids or their friends didn't want what I prepared, they could make a PB&J and have that.

And steaks for the adults and hotdogs for kids is terrible.  If you can't afford steaks for everyone, then everyone gets burgers and dogs.
 
2020-05-11 8:21:26 AM  

beezeltown: "Food adventurous" includes eating whatever your hosts are serving, as well. It's okay to like both corndogs and cassoulet.


Not eating what the locals offer you isn't "food adventurous". It's the same as if your in-laws came over and whined that the salmon you made for dinner wasn't nuggets.

You're just a different side of the douche coin.

Also, using the term "food adventurous" unironically should probably be punishable by death.
 
2020-05-11 8:55:02 AM  

Mentat: dv-ous: Salmon is expensive.

It's one thing to be "food adventurous." It's another thing to be an insufferable douche who won't eat what's put in front of them when that's all that's available.

I know this is Fark, but...

According to the article, the kids do eat what their grandparents give the without complain, but they tell their parents later that they prefer Mom and Dad food.

Also, the grandparents are making a deliberate point of giving the kids "Kids Food" to the point of denying the kids what they actually ask for even when everyone else is eating it.  So it's not a case of "This is all we have", it's "You can't have this food we're eating because it's Grown-Up Food".

And good god people, salmon is not foo-foo food.  For all we know they're eating it out of a can.


Yeah, salmon fettucine, almost certainly dumping it out of a can. When the kids aren't allowed to eat what's available, this is obnoxious on that in-laws' part.
 
2020-05-11 10:36:04 AM  
I can actually relate to this... my 4 year old requests fruits or veggies as her snacks... she doesn't really like fried food...

But when she goes to her grandparents all they do is go out to eat, mainly fast food, and then they complain to us when she didn't eat her fried this or that....

We try to explain... they just don't get it.

It's as if they feel we never feed her or something...

Luckily Covid has been a great excuse to keep her away from them!
 
2020-05-11 12:44:11 PM  

Gramma: I always fed the kids and the grands the same thing everyone else had, except when they were really little and were still eating mush.
When  one of my kids or their friends didn't want what I prepared, they could make a PB&J and have that.

And steaks for the adults and hotdogs for kids is terrible.  If you can't afford steaks for everyone, then everyone gets burgers and dogs.


I should probably go the PB&J route around here but if I'm inviting people over with kids I will generally announce the food plans and offer to make something else for the kids if needed. Otherwise I assume my head count includes all of the kids eating as well. If I was unwilling to provide the kids the same food they just wouldn't be invited.
 
2020-05-11 1:57:52 PM  
Late to the party but is talking to the in-laws not an option?
 
2020-05-11 2:14:55 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Late to the party but is talking to the in-laws not an option?


OH COME ON! WTF!

/kidding. That seems like a reasonable concept, assuming they are reasonable people.
 
2020-05-11 9:19:20 PM  

Gramma: I always fed the kids and the grands the same thing everyone else had, except when they were really little and were still eating mush.
When  one of my kids or their friends didn't want what I prepared, they could make a PB&J and have that.

And steaks for the adults and hotdogs for kids is terrible.  If you can't afford steaks for everyone, then everyone gets burgers and dogs.


Username DEFINITELY checks out.
;)
 
2020-05-11 11:24:41 PM  

Smackledorfer: Mrs Gruen P Autowind: You know, grandparents come with different strengths and different expectations. Some may provide fine dining and require manners and skills with cutlery that far outstrip a young child's manual dexterity. Others offer hot dogs off the grill in the backyard and encourage you to drink from a garden hose.

Just....get over it and cherish the time you have together.

There is lead in garden hose water.

I might draw a firmer line on that one than on chicken nuggets.


Where the hell do you live?

There's no lead in the garden hose and the water comes from the same pipes as the water from the faucet comes from.
 
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