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Old 04-15-2016, 05:47 AM   #71
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After my mother took my father back and my grandmother no longer lived with us, dinner mostly came in styro containers. When it was actually made at home, I wished it was from the styro container places. On the bright side, those meals ended up being the biggest spark for me to learn to cook.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:43 PM   #72
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My sister and I were fed first, before my dad got home, because we had a really tiny kitchen. There was just enough room for a small kitchen table.
My mom was a lousy cook, and my dad liked Green Giant french cut green beans from a can.
He needed all his meat well done, and could not abide lamb. Thank goodness that did not affect me. My motto now is, if it does not move I will try it once.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:34 PM   #73
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We ate around the kitchen table and had to finish up everything or else we couldn't leave the table. I remember sitting there for an hour after everyone else was done because I didn't want to finish my peas. :) Now I love peas.

My dad came home from work at 5:30 (mechanic for the county bus dept). We ate at 6 sharp and my mom was a stay at home mom, so we were like the Brady Bunch (4 kids, not 6). Even had the same station wagon (Plymouth Fury Suburban 9 passenger).
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:55 PM   #74
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I know this is an old post. I thought every one ate in the kitchen at 6:30 and went to bed at 7:30. We only ate at the table w our parents on holidays, that is until they moved when I was 7:30--then they had no choice!!!
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Old 04-16-2016, 04:02 PM   #75
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I've noticed that a number of us commented that we weren't allowed to leave the table until we finished our meal. I wonder how many of those people treated their own children the same way? Did you force your children to stay at the table until they clean their plates or were you more lenient than your own parents?
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Old 04-16-2016, 04:07 PM   #76
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I've noticed that a number of us commented that we weren't allowed to leave the table until we finished our meal. I wonder how many of those people treated their own children the same way? Did you force your children to stay at the table until they clean their plates or were you more lenient than your own parents?
Now it seems the inmates run the asylum. And many kids are allowed to eat whatever and whenever they want -- chicken nuggets, french fries, ketchup. I know parents who have to force them to drink a nutrition shake (for elderly people) so they won't get scurvy.
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Old 04-16-2016, 04:28 PM   #77
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How did you have your main meal growing up?

I would never force a child to sit until they cleaned their plate. Kids will eat when they need to, and will not starve.

I remember when I was a "mascot" for the local HS cheerleading squad, I was about 4 or 5 years old, and prior to the game, was faced with a bowl of chili I really didn't like. Mom insisted that I wouldn't get to go to the game unless I finished it. I waited her out.

I think parenting feeding methods have changed a lot over the years, thank goodness.
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Old 04-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #78
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I wouldn't have dreamed of forcing my girls to clean their plates. Neither do they, now that they're grown with children of their own.

When my girls got old enough to serve themselves at the table, I did encourage them to not load up their plate sky high the first time. If they wanted more, there was always seconds.

I usually encouraged them to at least try one bite of a new food, and if they didn't like it, that was fine. I'd just try again in a few months or so.


I agree Dawg, I think things have changed over the years in that respect, I like to think it's for the better, too.
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Old 04-16-2016, 05:37 PM   #79
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I used the three bite rule with my kids, before they could proclaim they didn't like it.

As for me, I grew up with what many would consider "icky" foods like kidney, tongue, brains, liver all due to being a butchers daughter. I never thought a thing about it until I was old enough to find out not everybody ate those things. I was never forced to eat anything either, except for the "three bite" rule. Mama said the 1st was for bravery, the 2nd for the taste buds, and the 3rd for the opinion. Smart woman she was.
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Old 04-16-2016, 06:38 PM   #80
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When I was a Mom, Jennifer was able to leave the table when she finished her meal. But she was such an active kid, loved to eat, so usually she was done before we were, even with second helpings.

But she aways had a clean plate, and asked to be excused. She put her plates in the sink, and always came back to help with cleaning up. To this day, she does the same with my grandson, and he loves to eat too.

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