The Problem of Fussy Eaters.

Recently I was at someone’s home and got a chance to watch their children have supper.  It was quite interesting; the kids were extremely fussy eaters.  The parents catered to their every desire.  The kids must live on meat, potatoes, packaged frozen food and sugared junk.  Now these parents are into preparedness so I had to ask, what will you feed your children if you become dependent on what you have stored?

Their answer was that the children would have to learn to eat what they have stored.  After watching what went on, I think this may not be so easy.  Their kids would rather go hungry than eat anything healthy.  The last thing you need during a crisis is to have a big fight with your children over what they will eat.

If you cater to your children now they will expect it later.  Teach your children to eat what is placed in front of them.  I am now what they refer to today as a senior citizen and was raised in a time when most parents made you eat what was placed before you.  My parents were this way and for this, I am thankful.  At times in my life, I have had to eat foods that were not always what I would have preferred.  When others were hungry and complaining I was full and happy.  In addition I learned to like a wide variety of foods and have a very open mind when it comes to trying different foods.  Do your children a favor and teach them to eat everything now, don’t let them become fussy eaters.  It may be a bit of a fight now, but they will thank you later.



If you are an adult who is a fussy eater it is never to late to learn.  Make yourself try different things and learn to eat a wide variety of foods.  It may help keep you alive someday.

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7 Responses to The Problem of Fussy Eaters.

  1. Jackie says:

    That is an old fashioned attitude, it does’n matter what my kids eat now. They will just have to eat what there after Teotwawki

  2. ke4sky says:

    When my brother and I were kids, our parents would have us spend a few weeks each summer at my uncle’s farm in West Virginia, near where I live now. This gave Mom & Dad a chance to have some time alone without the kids. My brother and I always had a fun time on the farm, and had some wonderful adventures but also learned that chores had to be done before play, when there was no TV after dinner time consisted of bible reading, adult conversation and early to bed, because 4:30 am came early!

    Another thing we learned was to eat what was put in front of us, or go hungry. To get the apple pie, you must first eat all the carrots and fried okra, and at least one fried bluegill with your hushpuppies. No soda pop or cool aid. But all the milk we wanted.

    When camping in rural Tuscany last year, those lessons came to me as I shared an unusual, simple meal of Uccelli Arrosto with a farm family, who explained how difficult it was during WW2. We caught small birds in nets, roasting them over an open fire, as they had done as orphaned children roaming the countryside when there other meat to eat. The day was April 25th, and we were celebrating Liberation Day. Remembering my aunt’s words to us, “be thankful for what is on your plate, the Italian orphans would be glad for it.”

  3. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Children should be told what to do not allowed to do what they want and YES IT IS AN OLD FASHION ATTITUDE because the new attitudes got us in the mess we are in now. The days of hipism and just do what feels good are done and it’s time to get back to basics and run our households, churches and country the way they are supposed to be and sometimes that means saying NO and forcing things that are not bad but disliked such as eating habits, work ethics and relationship attitudes. That’s real life

  4. SLHaynes says:

    While growing up, I learned to eat everything, almost, and now (at 59) it’s paying off. I once was in the catering business and really loved to try the different meals the crew had to prepare. My 85 yr old housemate won’t eat anything that smells or looks funny. He’s going to starve when TSHTF!

  5. GoneWithTheWind says:

    This is more or less a normal human response. people want to get attention and be treated special. Kids pull this kind of thing to get that attention and if the parents allow it then they grow up spoiled. it isn’t just food it is everything in life. I don’t worry that they will starve after SHTF because hunger is it’s own teacher and enforcer. I do worry that kids in a modern society do not learn to do without and to wrk for what they get. That will probably be a worse predictor of survival.

  6. El Fielding says:

    My personal take on this is that they are harming their children if they don’t teach them to eat what’s available and other responsible behavior. They are harming their kids when they cater to them because they are teaching them that all they have to do get their way in life is to whine and cry and fuss. (Might work with mom and dad, but hurricanes? not so much). They are harming their kids because they are not preparing them for when life goes to heck in a hand-basket. The kid who refuses to eat veggies and has to have a special dinner grows up to be the kind of selfish yonk who will think things like: “I don’t have to prep. I know where mom and dad live and they owe me.”

  7. Anon says:

    sigh… back when I was a youngster, it never occurred to me to ask for anything other that what was on the table..NEVER…. gave this a lot of thought, and I cannot recall it ever being made a big deal, just the way it was. And, we were on the farm, so not a shortage of food. Some of it, was, my Mom/Dad made EVERYTHING, and so, we saw what work/time/care went into it all. Also, it was all good healthy ingredients..Even butter was homemade.

    there were a few big “treats”, very seldom, fried spam/fried bologna/koolaid/ jello..but very seldom.

    It was after we moved into the city, and I was about ten/eleven, and a group of us kids was standing around at recess… the other kids were discussing how they “didn’t eat this/that or the next thing”..I still recall listening, totally astonished, that they would seemingly refuse to eat what was on the table..Such a notion had never occurred to me..

    having said all that…as I was a adult in my twenties, more and more things made me physically quite sick – still do… It does seem to me, there are more and more chemicals/antibiotics/colouring agents /etc, ending up in our food chain, and it is not unlikely the body does not do well on these…

    so, sometimes if kids say something makes them sick, maybe it does..

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