Re: Feeding Fussy Preschoolers
posted at 4/5/2013 7:54 PM EDT
If camp or childcare center will have refrigeration, or you can send a thermos-y bag with an ice pack in it, you can also cut up chunks of chicken, turkey, or ham along with the cheese. sort of a broken down sandwich, like what KAM suggested. And then send a slice of bread, too - and that can by those tiny syrian breads, or a regular slice of bread, or a slice of french bread for a change
rice cakes with something spread on them or the ones with flavors by themselves
syrian (pita) bread or crackers, like saltines, ritz or stoned wheat thins for dipping in hummus, tzatziki or spread with cream cheese, hummus, or whatever they like?
veges for dipping in ranch, french, cream cheese?
mini bagels? with or without stuff spread on them? bread, jelly, cream cheese? (I HATE cream cheese but I'm about the only adult in the world who does)
no, a childcare center usually won't warm up lunch, but you can microwave it to HOT in the morning, put it in a thermos (with a wide mouth) and by lunch time it will be lukewarm which is a good temp for kids. so then mac and cheese, leftovers from last night, spaghetti, etc. etc become options.
cold hamburgers or meatballs are actually yummy - dipped in ketchup if they like it
And I'd do the KAM method - this is the meal, I don't make escargot and liver, if you don't want it you may have fruit from the fruit bowl. Make sure they aren't eating a HUGE snack to compensate for not eating lunch and therefore not coming to the lunch and dinner table hungry. Also, make sure they aren't full of milk from drinking all day in sippy cups. It's going to STINK for those first few days when DD or DS won't eat and then whines and whimpers and begs and pleads for food (like he/she is starving, right! I know they aren't, mislilly). But honestly, they'll eat at their next meal and they'll learn to be more reasonable.
You were so strong about sleep, you can DO THIS with food. Obviously, there are things one or the other really won't like (cream cheese, orange mashed squash, creamed spinach, cooked carrots and cottage cheese for me, thank you very much) but some of this is that old "monkey see, monkey do" - one twin says "I don't like this" and the other suddenly doesn't either, even if he/she was eating it happily! ARGH! So having a few 'lessons learned' with eating around the lily house might be in order.