10 (Hilarious Yet Soul Destroying) Truths of Cooking for Kids + Meet 16 of the Pickiest Eaters of the Internet…

Anyone who has ever cooked for young kids, (their own or someone else’s), knows it can be a tricky task.

Kids are fickle creatures, and nowhere is this more obvious than when it comes to food.

So for your sanity, here are some home truths of cooking for kids.

  1. Never assume they will eat anything. And if feeding more than one kid, never assume that they will all eat the same thing. 
  1. Never assume that just because they ate it yesterday, they will eat it today. This especially applies if you have just stocked up on the food they ate yesterday. 
  1. Food will be refused because it is the wrong colour. Orange and green are common offenders, although not always. Don’t ask me why, I don’t make the rules. 
  1. Food will be refused because it is the wrong shape. Until you’ve cut sandwiches for a small person, you’ve never known just how many ways there is to get it wrong. A quick fix is cookie cutters, those little saviours can turn anything into a star shape. It’s worth trying, though I’m not giving any guarantees. 
  1. Food will be refused because it smells funny/looks funny. Some kids apparently hate stars. 
  1. Food will be refused for no reason at all. If in doubt, see 1. 
  1. You can serve something on the wrong plate/bowl/cup. This is a particularly tricky one that often catches newcomers. The food itself can be fine, but if incorrectly served becomes inedible. Blue, pink and character crockery are often popular choices, but not always. 
  1. Nutritional value is of no value to kids. Being good for you is not a good enough reason to eat anything. There are many more important criteria, see above. 
  1. The longer it took/harder it was to cook, the less chance you have of the kids wanting to eat it. Don’t bother getting all gourmet, you have an unappreciative audience. 
  1. Finally, know that when it comes to cooking for kids, teatime often ends in tears. And sometimes the kids will cry too.

And just to let you know you’re not alone here’s 16 of the pickiest eaters on the internet… it’s only funny because it’s not your child! 
Boy Showing Muscle and Smiling Girl with message on the images

Two Boys Eating on Table one is eating nuggets and the other boy holds a plastic spoon with messages over the imagesGirl in a Farm and Little Boy on the Table the girl carries a bucket of strawberries and the boy is eating nectarine
Boy and Girl on the Dining Table where the little boy is messily eating and the girl is thinking in front of a drink with straw
Two Toddlers with Message Over the Images one is looking at the camera and the other is on a table with lasagna leftover
An Annoyed Girl and a Little Boy Eating pasta using his fingers
Boy and Girl Eating on a Table using Fork putting into their mouth
Two Boys Sitting on a Couch and A Little Girl Eating on a Table without a shirt on

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I love my three country kids - and all things writing! Like most mums, I wear lots of hats - writer, children's author, organisational psychologist and the pairer of the odd socks!

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