I just read an article on the Huffinton Post by a blogger who describes herself as a "Mean Mom." She refuses to make a separate meal for her children at dinner time.
What she means is, "You eat what I cook or you don't eat at all."
Do you agree with this mentality, or do you feel it's a good idea to make something "kid-friendly" for the children, while the adults eat something more "grown-up?"
When I was growing up, my mom had the same attitude. This is not a restaurant. I am not a short-order cook. You eat what I put in front of you. That was my mom's mentality about what my brother and I ate at mealtime, and I honestly believe it taught both of us to be more adventurous eaters. As adults, there aren't many foods that we won't at least try. That was the deal: You don't have to like it, but you have to at least taste it before you decide. I think that's fair.
I used to date a guy, before I started seeing my husband, whose mother prepared two separate meals every night at dinner time: one "kid" meal, and one "adult" meal. The "kid" meals were always items like mac-and-cheese, pizza, and chicken nuggets. Not only does this not provide adequate nutrition for a growing boy, but it caused him to become one of the pickiest eaters I've ever met. As an adult, he wouldn't taste new foods. It drove me bananas and--this might sound superficial, but I don't care--was one of the reasons I broke up with him.
So parents, do you make separate meals for your kids, or do you make them eat the same foods you eat?