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Pamela says ...
We have a rule that the kids should eat at least 5 different colors of fruits and vegetables each day (makes the plate pretty) and the amount is not as important as the variety. But my favorite table advice is - It's a spoon, not a shovel.
05/06/2009 3:30:51 PM CDT
Saj says ...
Try it, if you don't like it you don't have to eat it. Not everyone likes everything
05/06/2009 3:36:44 PM CDT
Beth says ...
1. Eat what I cook. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Dinner is either tuna casserole, mac'n cheese, interchangeable meat sauces: spaghetti (it has oregano in the sauce), chili (it has beans and chili powder in it), or goulash (it has beans and macaroni and may just be recycled chili.)
05/06/2009 3:48:40 PM CDT
Robin says ...
We didn't have a whole lot of rules beyond chewing with your mouth closed and asking for things rather than reaching across the table. We were encouraged to try new foods (sometimes without being told what they were) before deciding if we liked them, which is how I ended up enjoying calamari, blue cheese, and liver and onions. Otherwise, we were pretty much allowed to eat the parts of the meal we liked and ignore the parts we didn't. My parents were pretty awesome that way. :)
05/06/2009 3:57:42 PM CDT
Laurie Paxson says ...
Rotels in everything.(Rotel tomatoes with chilis for those not from Texas)
05/06/2009 3:59:01 PM CDT
Rebecca says ...
My mom's rules: Eat everything on your plate - unless Dad was gone for dinner, then we just had to taste everything. Stay seated until everyone is finished eating - this one was the hardest! No dessert unless you ate all your veggies.
05/06/2009 6:35:36 PM CDT
Denise says ...
Our only rule for dinner was to share it together! It has been time well spent. Our daughter is now 23 and still spends many dinners (as well as other quality time) with us. By the way, she has also become a fantastic cook as well!
05/06/2009 8:30:43 PM CDT
Becky says ...
My grandfather always said "don't talk with your mouth half-full, fill it up!" This was his way of using humor to remind me to chew with my mouth closed. He had a great approach- no kid likes to be scolded at the table! I now say the same thing to my little girl!
05/06/2009 10:35:46 PM CDT
Joyce Maxwell says ...
That old adage not to swim until an hour after you eat was already debunked, but I noticed that people with sensitive digestive systems and people who eat maybe too much might have a tummyache if they swim too early. It's best to have something light before swimming, and save anything heavier for later.
05/07/2009 6:24:43 AM CDT
Linda Glatt Anderson says ...
Many of my rules are for the cook (me or my mom) which I figure will result in my kids learning how to prepare nutritious foods for themselves and their families in the future: The meal should be aethetically pleasing with many colors of food (the more colors, the more complete you vitamins and nutrients). At least three veggies at dinner and potatoes and corn are starches not veggies. -- my 5 year old has been known to say "where's the third veggie Grammy?". Although on pizza night, we relax the meal and cut back to two veggies (usually steamed broccoli and Greek salad) Salt must be kept to a minimum -- other spices are more interesting anyway. Of course, I've got kid rules too: You must try it before deciding you don't like it since I could have made it differently this time. A treat after finishing your dinner can be any one of a large number of fresh fruits. You don't 'hate' a food, but it can be something you don't prefer. After the one bite of the less preferred food, they can move on to their other food items, but only one less preferred food a night. You must have some protein at every meal.
05/07/2009 6:40:27 AM CDT
Jennifer Stover says ...
Make time for family, it's a comfortable, laid back time. Make sure that there is something everyone likes.
05/07/2009 10:56:32 AM CDT
nina says ...
My mother was Norwegian and we always had a starch and two vegetables with a broiled, boiled or steamed meat...usually fish. We NEVER had dessert, never had snacks, had to eat all our food -even liver and onions which I never ate and ended up falling alseep at the table several times over...had the same rules, which I feel are simple manners and show respect-no talking with your mouth full of food, no elbows on the table, don't start eating until the cook sits down or says it is okay to start, have to try everything...etc... I can't get enough candy and snacks...and have been that way since high scool-I used to hide candy bar under my mattress...and I have been everweight for years...defintly unhealthy... I majored in Dietetics, so I believe in good nutrition-but I never force my kids to eat anything they don't want, or to eat if they are not hungry...and if they prefer a cookie or ice cream to a fruit, no problem! They ask for apples and celery with ranch as well...a much healthier approach I feel...
05/07/2009 2:44:00 PM CDT
ashley says ...
If you eat it before you get home it doesn't have calories (This one started after I had moved out of the house, but I still like it)
05/07/2009 5:04:40 PM CDT
Laura says ...
I would just like to share that rules such as "you must finish everything on your plate" or "you must eat a certain amount of this" are NOT always appropriate eating habits to instill in kids. Telling kids they HAVE to eat something teaches them to ignore their own body's signs that they are full. This can lead to overeating once they become older. I like the person's comment who said if the kids can't finish it, they can save it for later. That's much better logic than guilting a kid just because he or she is full or isn't comfortable with a food.
05/07/2009 5:28:41 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
My Mom would always say when asked if we could eat something else or if she could cook something different… ‘Do I look like a short order cook? This is the order for the day.”
05/12/2009 2:38:51 PM CDT
David A. Ridge says ...
Uh, Take a listen to Jimmy Deans Naration of "IOU". It is played mostly around Mothers day!
12/01/2009 6:50:38 PM CST
Kim Chapman says ...
Hi,I resently had my gallbladder removed and I'm watching what I eat more. I had changed our eating habits. I cook the food for my husband and I, so it had to start with me. My brother, who is a vegetarian asked if there was a wholefood market that I knew of here in Bmore, at the time I did not. So I searched the internet and found out about your stores. I have not visited one yet but plan to do so real soon. Thank you. KC
01/06/2011 5:28:05 AM CST
Kathy Prince says ...
Only take want you will eat
01/28/2011 4:00:48 PM CST
K Prince says ...
Everyone eats at the table and No TV.
04/05/2011 5:47:57 AM CDT

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