Last night I had a surprising conversation with the Princess Nagger:

Me:  “I think I’ll  make pizza for dinner tonight.”

PN:  “No thanks.  I’m not really in the mood for pizza.”

Me:  “Whaaaaat?  You not wanting pizza?  Are you feeling OK?”

PN:  “Oh Mama!  I’m just not feeling pizza tonight.”

Me:  “Well, what are you ‘feeling’ for dinner?”

PN:  “I don’t know.  Anything else except pizza.”

I still felt like pizza, so I made a Tuscan style chicken and spinach pizza for the hubby and me – Princess Nagger had mini corn dogs.  Usually she doesn’t have a choice in the matter, I remind her I’m not a short-order cook, but every so often it’s easier to let her have something simple (read: quick and easy with no work involved) so hubby and I can have something we both really like without the drama.

Which brings me to this week’s question(s):

Do you make your kids eat the same dinner you’re having, or do you make exceptions to the rule? What’s one of your favorite ‘no-drama’ exceptions?

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  1. When my children were home they ate the same as everyone else. The only time they really had a choice was for lunch & breakfast. Suppertime I like the way you said it. No short order cooks lived at my house either! LOL Have a nice weekend.

  2. Do WHAT? hahahahahaha NOT! They new they had to eat what was on their plate or they were going to get really hungry later on, and if they wanted a snack later for TV watching they knew they had to eat what was on their plate.

  3. My kids almost always had to eat what was made for dinner. They had to try everything, but if they tried it and didn’t like it, they could eat what else was on the plate…

  4. I normally cook what I think the kids will eat and no..won’t do anything special for them including the baby (who gets the puree form of the food cooked)

  5. Two of our kids are picky eaters. They are each allowed one meal that they don’t have to eat with us. For my daughter, it’s smoked sausage with beans and cornbread. For my son, it’s salmon patties. Otherwise, they have to eat what we are having or go withouth.

  6. I don’t have kids, but when I was little, I always ate what my parents ate, and if we went out to dinner, I shared with my mom… One night over a lobster dinner, my dad told my mom he pitied the poor man that ended up with me…. I can’t believe the princess didn’t want pizza….

  7. They ate what I made, end of story. That said there was always PB&J on the table so that if they didn’t like what we were having they could always make a sandwich. They did have to try everything first.

  8. I had 5 children so for lunch and supper they ate the same as my husband and I. For breakfast, when they were old enough to take care of themselves, they fixed their own breakfast. They liked pancakes, I didn’t, so they learnt to made their own pancakes for breakfast, when they decided that was what they wanted.

  9. I have adopted a “no thank you” rule in our home. Sprite gets everything we get. And she has to eat a “no thank you” bite before declining it fully. And then I remind her that nothing else will cross her plate that night. Usually, she eats. 🙂

  10. Exceptions for the 10 year old- pretty much anything that might be a little spicy.
    He like gourmet grilled cheese so it’s an easy enough fix. I usually substitute it with some fresh fruit sliced up, and maybe some nutella for his apple for dessert.
    Everyone else RUNS to the dinner table:)
    Have a great weekend!

  11. We all eat the same thing at dinner. exceptions are only allowed for those who aren’t feeling well, just tried something for the first time and don’t like it, or babies who have their own food. 🙂

  12. My mom had the rule you could eat whatever you wanted, but she was making 1 meal. So, if you want something other than that, you could make it your self. Eventually, I will go that route. For now? I’m like you. It’s easier to throw some nuggets in for the boys than waste perfectly good food they don’t like.

  13. Pizza and potato pancakes are the no-drama options at our house. For the most part, I make her at least try what we are having and then offer her something else if she doesn’t want it. Funny, the other night, I had meatballs and rice and all along she has been saying she hates meatballs. Again, I tried to have her at least taste one and was surprised when she exclaimed she liked it! So much, she asked for it the next night. Now I have one more no-drama option 🙂

  14. My Mother always made us eat what was cooked or go without. We ate it. I have always intended to do the same. Our kiddo is only 6.5 months old.. so it’s not an issue yet 🙂 We will see!

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  15. LOL ~ Well, my kiddos are 31 and 32 now, but back in the day ~ they had to at least try everything we were having for dinner! But I didn’t make a separate dinner for them! They both became really good healthy eaters as adults! Happy Friday and Happy Week-end to all! 🙂

  16. These days, it’s every man for himself. As long as they clean up their mess! ggrrr…
    Thanks for stopping by.
    I hope you can make it to Blogher next year! 🙂

  17. I allow my kids to have a peanut butter sandwich in place of dinner. That’s their only other option. I do try to cook what I know they’ll eat, though. So if my mountain man and I want something I know the kids won’t like, I’ll make two meals. That’s the exception, not the norm.

  18. I gave up trying to make my mother and Tara happy. They have completely different food styles! Tara will almost always go for a bowl of pasta and a veggie.

  19. My kids are getting old enough that if they don’t like what I made for dinner they go make their own. Even the 7 year old knows how to make a pizza using a tortilla in the microwave.

  20. I don’t make separate meals for my kids. If they don’t like it they don’t eat!

    I’ve just linked up to your Friday Follow Linky too. Thanks for having me!

    Best wishes,

  21. I don’t make dinner twice. So my kids get whatever we are having. Otherwise they can make their own dinner, which for them is peanut butter and jelly, since that is all they can make themselves!

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