Friday, October 26, 2007

Can a Toddler Subsist on Yogurt Alone?

Lately, this has been our dinner mealtime routine.
Little Guy: I want yogurt.

Me: Sorry, hon. It's time for dinner.

Little Guy: No! I want YOGURT!

Me: Yogurt is not a dinner food. I made a nice dinner for you. You're going to like it.

Little Guy: NO! I no like dinner. I want YOGURT!!

Me: NO, you can't have yogurt! It's dinnertime. Now go sit in your booster chair.

Little Guy (flinging himself to the ground): I WANT YOGURT! I WANT YOGURT! I WANT YOGURT! I WANT YOGURT! I WANT YOOOOOOOOOOOGURT!

Three guesses as to what Little Guy had for dinner tonight. I'll give you a hint. It has a "y" in it and it wasn't my jambalaya.

However, I still give myself credit for a) making a dinner from scratch that he could have theoretically eaten and b) ensuring that the yogurt he was eating was made from cows not treated with the bovine growth hormone.

Beyond that, I really don't know what more I can do - especially since I think that force-feeding toddlers was recently banned in California (or was that force-feeding ducks?). Anyway, hopefully, I'll get some good ideas from other participants in this blog blast who actually know how to parent and aren't just really good at pretending.

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This post was written for the Parent Bloggers Network Blog Blast. Post your own entry about your mealtime skirmishes and strategic maneuvers on your blog anytime Friday, October 26, before midnight PST and e-mail the link to PBN to be entered to win a $250 Williams and Sonoma gift certificate! This blog blast is in support of the new book Deceptively Delicious, which I obviously need to buy asap.

23 Comments:

Blogger ~JJ! said...

Uhm, to your title:

Yes.

5:13 AM  
Blogger kgirl said...

The only thing more frustrating than seeing your hard work go to waste is arguing with a toddler.

Eventually, he'll get sick of yogurt.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

My 3 year old wants processed, breaded chicken for every meal. I think you win.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Julie Pippert said...

Eh they'll live. Somehow. I can't explain it but it works out.

My nearly three year old subsists regularly on yogurt.

I don't mean to go all deceptively delicious on you but I have been known to mix in baby oatmeal (you know those little vitamin packed flakes?) with yogurt. Dual benefit here:

1. it thickens it up lessening the mess.

2. provides additional nutrition

Julie
Using My Words

7:34 AM  
Blogger Jozet said...

My husband recently switched to only eating yogur for dinner, and he dropped 35 pounds.

Which is not what you want to happen to a child, but yogurt for dinner? I'm going to make a million dollars with that diet book.

Yogurt for dinner? I say yes.

Twinkies and MandMs? Not so much.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Blogversary said...

A mom just told me this week, that instead of buy Seinfeld's book because most people won't go through all the trouble to make puree, that instead buy some jarred baby food and you have pretty much the same thing.

Not exactly the same, but closer than not doing anything all I suppose.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I have the same EXACT issue every night except my daughter wants butter and bread. Can you believe it? It's like she's an inmate.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous ktjrdn said...

do they not realize that you're trying to feed them to keep them alive? it drives me nuts to have my daughter turn up her nose at something I've taken the time to cook.

That said, yogurt is healthy right? good enough for me.

12:33 PM  
Blogger lace said...

yogurt is also a staple here. But usually what we get is "I want only meat and checkup (ketchup)"

12:41 PM  
Blogger mama k said...

Mix something in that yogurt and you won't feel so guilty. LOL
Avacado is a good one. We like flax meal and apple sauce in ours. ;)

This too shall pass. LOL

My entry is here:
http://mamaknj.blogspot.com/2007/10/lay-off-jessica-people.html

12:53 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Crazy kids. With KayTar we say, "If she'll eat it, she can have it."

8:58 AM  
Blogger Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

I really don't think it is such a big deal....I think he'll get over it and eventually eat something else. I mean, I'm sure by the time he goes to college, he'll eat other things - ha. Seriously, I think its fine!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous andi said...

To answer your question - yes. They may also live only on cheese. Or grapes. At least, that has been my experience.

8:46 PM  
Blogger suchsimplepleasures said...

oh...i'm soooo happy to know that it isn't just my kid that only wants yogurt at meal times. but...he wants me to make him noodles at snack times!!!! oh well...so, i can't win!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

In all seriousness, Sam had yogurt for dinner tonight.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Better yogurt than french fries.

Oh and Hailey eats frozen waffles almost every single night. We can be bad mommy's together. Pass the tequila.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous donnarae said...

My son is 3 years old, and the past 4 weeks that is all he wants: YOGURT!!!! I was getting mad but then I thought about it: He is eating, so that is good. I will try to add some cereal to it or maybe mix it with oatmeal. I just want him to be healthy. Any advice?

6:16 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

My one year old son is also a yogurt junkie. Look in the organic section for ones that have fruits and veggies in them and there are some with grains in them too.

11:57 AM  
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1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2 year old only eats yogurt too. I am gonna try adding the cereal. Thanks.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 15 months old survive on yoghurt only! Like seriously he only takes water or fruits besides yoghurt, nothing else. Ironically, he's been more healthier, stronger and smart.no flu, doesnt run tempreture or the likes. Growing stronger and faster than all other todlers I've come across. On very rear occasions like today he eats other food. I think he will outgrow the habit someday. Before I introduced yoghurt after weaning him, he won't eat any other food or healthy drink.it got me and Daddy worried coz was loosing weight.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am in the same boat as u my little boy also eats nothing but yogurts its so frustrating as everything i try him with he shoves away he used to be a very good eater so i'm hoping its just a phase he's going through and his eating pattern goes bk to normal good luck

9:27 AM  
Blogger Mostly True said...

Yogurt is so good. I refuse to feed myself or my child any other food.

8:13 AM  

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