Lately at least 3 times a week my kids decide at dinnertime, they don't like what I've fixed or will only eat one part of the meal. I'm getting very frustrated at these "games" they are playing. Our oldest is 12, the youngest is 9 (both girls). I'm trying not to take it personally. I know they are growing up and what they like & don't like will change many times. I'm just extremely frustrated when I've worked all day & have to come home, cook dinner, clean up, etc...& they won't eat.
I have a rule that if they don't like what I've made, they can make thier own dinner. I won't cook them a separate meal.
Each week I ask for input on meals they would like to have, so it's not like they don't have any say about what we eat. They also help me cook on a regular basis. Most of the time, I'm serving a tried & true meal. When trying a new recipe I consult with everyone first to make sure they will try it.
They are not normally picky eaters, but lately getting them to eat is like pulling teeth. Both are usually willing to try new foods & like grocery shopping with me. I don't know if it's just a power struggle of sorts or if they truly don't like the food they previously liked. It seems like they'd rather eat ramen or cereal.
I'm not quite sure what else to do. I guess just stay on the track I'm on & wait for them to grow out of it. It's just so irritating! How have other CHer's handled this with their kids?