It’s not often that we go out as a family, at least not for lunch that is. My kids you see are rather fussy over their food, they have never been the easiest of eaters especially when away from home.
Over the years we’ve wasted countless amounts of money, buying the kids food in restaurants, cafes, bars and such-like. No matter how hard we’ve tried to encourage them to eat, both J & E will sit and pick at their food and eat next to nothing.
It seemed far easier, therefore, to pop to a local shop and to prepare and pack a picnic. This way the kids would eat almost everything and more often than not it actually seemed the healthier option anyhow.
Whilst I’d love to eat out more often, I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t all that! I’d much rather see my daughter devouring sandwiches (on brown bread) and fruit over a plate of chips, it’s not only healthier but cheaper too! My son, on the other hand, seems to be improving over time but still, he’s far happier with home-made food overall.
This weekend, however, we decided to pop to the pub, and whilst there the kids actually asked to eat out! Having found a few bits on the menu that the kids might just eat, we made our order and played games to pass the time.
After a game of snakes and ladders, two rounds of dominoes and having being beaten at chess not once but twice by the boy, our food finally arrived.
Despite ditching his mash (as it contained and I quote “green stuff” aka herbs) J actually ate most of his meal whilst E chowed her way through a cheese sandwich which she proudly claimed was the size of her head, some plain crisps, and a side salad.
To my surprise, E ate without any complaints whatsoever (which was a relief), though J wasn’t entirely keen on his meal, he too made the very best effort to eat as much as he could.
It was so much easier than a few years back, the kids were behaved beautifully and it was a pleasure to sit and to share a ‘meal out’ as a family without any fuss.
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