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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 10:13:22 AM  
You're really weird aren't you?(not you subby)
 
2020-05-10 10:15:38 AM  
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.
 
2020-05-10 10:17:40 AM  
Think.

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2020-05-10 10:29:07 AM  
Eat the farking nuggets and say thanks.
 
2020-05-10 10:30:45 AM  
Stop being outraged?
 
2020-05-10 10:37:01 AM  
I thought the headline was an Everybody Loves Raymond episode for a second there.


The kids seem like they'll eat what's put in front of them without complaining (or at least not directly to their grandparents), so they'll do okay.
 
2020-05-10 10:39:08 AM  
I can picture it now : grandma's packed the fridge/freezer with nuggets, pizza rolls, tater tots, uncrustables, a pallet of Capri Suns and a gallon of ketchup. Then the kids come over.. "but Nana I want fresh caught salmon with a pine nut and wild mushroom risotto for dinner!"
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2020-05-10 11:05:54 AM  
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2020-05-10 11:25:44 AM  
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/Disapproves
 
2020-05-10 11:43:55 AM  
When we visited my grandparents, we were fed baloney and cheese sandwiched. That's what they had and that's what we ate. It was their house and we came for them, not the fine dining.

Teach your kids to be better guests.
 
2020-05-10 12:01:30 PM  
stop saying "what do".
 
2020-05-10 12:10:35 PM  
Move?
 
2020-05-10 12:14:06 PM  
Burn down grandma's house. That should learn them.
 
2020-05-10 12:15:18 PM  
"Food adventurous" includes eating whatever your hosts are serving, as well. It's okay to like both corndogs and cassoulet.
 
2020-05-10 12:22:15 PM  

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.
 
2020-05-10 12:32:19 PM  
Ask...no, demand to speak to her manager.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2020-05-10 12:33:39 PM  

Mentat: And good god people, salmon is not foo-foo food.


It is if your cat is named "Foo-Foo".
 
2020-05-10 1:58:10 PM  
The parents are paying for the food, so it's not even like the grandparents are too cheap to give the kids the more expensive stuff...although I suppose they could be hoarding the extra helpings of the good stuff to eat when the kids aren't there.
 
2020-05-10 1:59:15 PM  

Ambivalence: When we visited my grandparents, we were fed baloney and cheese sandwiched.


I mean, no disrespect to your grandparents, but if my kids were fed baloney and then cheese sandwiched I'd be calling the cops.
 
2020-05-10 2:06:49 PM  
Parent: I want my  kids to be adventurous and try everything.
Grand Parents: Here try this.
Parent: No! Not like that!
 
2020-05-10 2:13:48 PM  
Thank them for feeding your children. It has the ancillary benefit of teaching your kids manners and gratitude.

The oddest thing about your question: Why do you live so farking close to yer in-laws? That's weird.
 
2020-05-10 2:15:05 PM  

slobberbone: Thank them for feeding your children. It has the ancillary benefit of teaching your kids manners and gratitude.

The oddest thing about your question: Why do you live so farking close to yer in-laws? That's weird.


The just moved in.
 
2020-05-10 2:19:44 PM  
Come right out and tell them to fark off and give the kids what they ask for.
 
2020-05-10 2:26:49 PM  

jaylectricity: The just moved in.


Yes. Again, weird.
 
2020-05-10 2:46:11 PM  

KarmicDisaster: stop saying "what do".


srsly. It's supposed to be "wat do"
 
2020-05-10 2:48:04 PM  
If I had someone taking my kids off my hands so I could have some quiet time with imaconnect4girl, they could feed them whatever the hell they want
 
2020-05-10 2:55:18 PM  
I am largely vegetarian, but even I am not such an ingrate as to turn down food prepared for/given to me by someone I know. More so if they are people I care about.

It isn't going to kill me to eat some meats, and I am simply thankful that someone thought of me enough to grab me a sandwich or make me a meal.*

*the only exception is my family, but that is a long story.
 
2020-05-10 2:58:30 PM  
Sounds to me like the grandparents think the expensive stuff is for adults and the cheap stuff is for the kids. Not an entirely uncommon opinion. Face it, a child's palate is hardly refined enough to truly enjoy fine dining, and while they may very well eat things like salmon and avocados, it's doubtful they really appreciate it much more than they would a plate of chicken nuggets and banana slices.
 
2020-05-10 3:00:20 PM  
Salmon has mercury in it. It's a cumulative effect, but do you want your kids to grow up mad as a hatter and voting republican?
 
2020-05-10 3:04:11 PM  
https://www.livestrong.com/article/13​9​212-information-mercury-wild-salmon/


The EPA and the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recognize salmon as a low-mercury fish. Yet, the current recommendations are to consume no more than 12 ounces of low-mercury fish a week.

So, it's a LOW mercury level...a safe level of mercury. But don't eat more than 12 ounces a week.
 
2020-05-10 3:18:23 PM  
Sounds like the kids are the most mature people in this story to be eating what they're served without complaint to their hosts. The in-laws are idiots for insisting that the kids eat junkish 'kid food' just because they're kids (and for going out of their way to prepare two separate menus just to enforce their kids-must-eat-'kid-food' notion), and the parents should be grateful that their kids are getting free supervision and are so well-mannered under the roofs of others.
 
2020-05-10 3:19:50 PM  

imaconnect4guy: If I had someone taking my kids off my hands so I could have some quiet time with imaconnect4girl, they could feed them whatever the hell they want


This.

(Though if it's "quiet time", are you sure you're doing it right?)
 
2020-05-10 3:33:14 PM  

Byno: [Fark user image 300x168]
/Disapproves


I was just watching that yesterday. GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!
 
2020-05-10 3:35:21 PM  
Keep your $ and your kids can just go hungry. Or supply the food you want them to eat instead of just $ to cover the expenses. Still too hard for you? Find someone else to watch the kids, spend an ass load of $ and still wind up with the same problems.

I'm sure getting a banana or an orange instead of a mango slice or dragon fruit smoothie will be traumatic for the kids, especially at that age. Good thing the parents can afford massive therapy bills and emotional support animals.
 
2020-05-10 3:36:53 PM  
"food adventurous"  is that like the pickle incident?
 
2020-05-10 3:42:22 PM  

slobberbone: Thank them for feeding your children. It has the ancillary benefit of teaching your kids manners and gratitude.

The oddest thing about your question: Why do you live so farking close to yer in-laws? That's weird.


Smells like a sitcom.
 
2020-05-10 3:47:02 PM  

invictus2: "food adventurous"  is that like the pickle incident?


That's not adventurous. Now an eggplant on the other hand..
 
2020-05-10 3:58:21 PM  

slobberbone: jaylectricity: The just moved in.

Yes. Again, weird.


The inlaws moved in next door the letter writer. Probably one of those deals where they just retired, are bored and want live near "the kids".
 
2020-05-10 4:05:38 PM  
Watch the movie "Gaslight" with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.  Take it from there.  They'll be in one of those crooked old-people homes in no time.
 
2020-05-10 4:08:52 PM  

cyberspacedout: Byno: [Fark user image 300x168]
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I was just watching that yesterday. GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!


here's another version

Shonen Knife - "Eat It" (From Dr. Demento Covered In Punk)
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2020-05-10 4:29:45 PM  
I've never understood the concept of treating children like dogs, when it comes to food. Meals were always what mom and dad wanted. Hamburger helper? Everyone is eating it. Home made pizza. Everyone is eating it. Salads and cucumber salad? Everyone is eating vegetarian today. McDonalds, everyone is loving it.

If the kids don't like it, tough tiddies. Don't eat. Eating good food and shoveling the cheapest and unhealthy thing at them makes me think you are a piece of shiat.

Unless they request it and you accommodate them, that is a choice at least.
 
2020-05-10 4:31:06 PM  
I want to know why the grandparents like doing the extra work to cook boring food instead of just giving the kids what everyone else eats.  What the hell?  I guess retirement weighs a lot more heavily on some people than others.
 
2020-05-10 4:35:50 PM  

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.


I want to ask these grandparents exactly when and how kids transition from "kid food" to "adult food".  It's not like they spin a cocoon and come out with a completely different palate.
 
2020-05-10 4:50:20 PM  

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.


To an extent, American society has decided to make pariahs out of people who try to eat healthy or, worse, try to teach their kids to eat healthy. Everyone is supposed to have a kid who is 25 pounds over weight with a cola in the cup holder, a candy bar in each hand, waiting for his dinner from the McDrive Through. Parents who put a vegetable on their child's dinner plate are denigrated as uptight elitists trying to prove something.

Mix that attitude with free child care from grandparents and people are willing to over look any asshole behavior because "but sweet, little Granny."

In reality, undermining a parent; teaching a child detrimental eating habits; actively jeopardizing a child's health: Outside of intentional physical abuse, these are some of the most despicable things a person can do to a child. Parents wouldn't put up with it out of anyone if Granny privilege were not in play.

Unfortunately, a grandparent who says "Yuck, don't eat spinach. Spinach is gross. I wouldn't eat broccoli. Throw the broccoli in the back yard. If you eat kale, no one will kiss you when you grow up. Ick, that pudding looks weird. I think I saw your Dad put an egg in it. Better not eat it." seems harmless enough until the effect becomes cumulative. So, people don't realize how serious the behavior is until they are in the doctor's office with their seven year old saying "He doesn't like to stay over night away from home. Isn't there any alternative to hospitalizing him?"

At that point, the parent may realize they have kept family peace at the expense of the child's health. But then the damage is done and it won't easily be undone.
 
2020-05-10 4:50:54 PM  
Some kids go door-to-door asking for salmon.

When we were kids we flipped out when the even younger kid next door asked Mom for a Popsicle.
 
2020-05-10 5:06:50 PM  
Don't waste salmon on kids. They have no appreciation for that type of food. Feed em McNuggets and Little Debbie's. It's what I grew up on and I turned out fine...
 
2020-05-10 5:20:26 PM  
Photo of the kid:
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2020-05-10 5:41:53 PM  
No real perspective on the parents' or grandparents' side, but I will say this. Kids remember when they are being treated differently from adults. If they ask for what the adults are having and they are given a sickly sweet corn dog instead it's going to bother them, and they will act out even before the oldest is a teenager.

"Oh, the kids don't want to visit because you wouldn't share your chicken asparagus risotto last time. They could only have mac and cheese." isn't what the parents or kids will be saying, but it will be true. Not sharing non-alcoholic food and drink with an interested kid is a jerk move. It's one of the clearest signals of an adult saying, "I'm better than you." and one of the reasons I said no to going on a road trip a second time with one set of my grandparents.
 
2020-05-10 5:48:58 PM  

invictus2: cyberspacedout: Byno: [Fark user image 300x168]
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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.
 
2020-05-10 6:15:33 PM  

Butterflew: I can picture it now : grandma's packed the fridge/freezer with nuggets, pizza rolls, tater tots, uncrustables, a pallet of Capri Suns and a gallon of ketchup. Then the kids come over.. "but Nana I want fresh caught salmon with a pine nut and wild mushroom risotto for dinner!"


Oh this
 
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