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More often than not, they’re left asking for more. They’ll even tilt their heads upward and open their mouths to show me the not-yet-topped-off contents of their stomachs, indicating there’s more room for food.
Naturally, I don’t want them to starve. And I know growing children legitimately need more food at points, whether due to growth spurts or other parts of the maturation process. But this trend toward increased consumption has prompted a few changes in my habits.
First, I am going to the store a bit more often. That way, I can keep more fruit in the house. If they’re going to eat more, after all, it might as well be oranges or pineapple
Second, as I hinted above, I make more for dinner. Where I used to make Penny two grilled cheese sandwiches (she won’t eat the crusts, much like me), I now make her three while putting a handful of grapes. I make sure to keep Rigby’s multi-compartment “Toy Story” plate clean so I can fill one (or two) with apple sauce to complement his chicken fingers. And cereal for dinner is a welcome mix to our meal rotation.
I also have trended toward healthier options when we dine out, both for my own sake and for theirs — let them eat cake when it’s fat-free. And we push salad whenever possible, although they’re both still at the ultra-picky stage; they’re legitimately able to tell the difference between ground beef and low-fat ground turkey (guess which one they prefer).
The hunger games aren’t likely to cease any time soon in our household. But I’m learning how to be better-prepared to lead them and make them a more filling experience for everyone involved.