Meal Time Troubles Are Frequent in My Home & $50 AMEX Giveaway

Having three children means that there are sure to be some meal time battles in the home. Whether it’s the oldest who all of a sudden doesn’t like something she has loved for years or the five year old who is convinced hot dogs are a vital part of the food chain or better yet the three year old who will lick something and say he doesn’t’ like it or flat out refuse to try dinner therefore going to bed without any dinner, it’s always an adventure here in my house during dinner time.

While I have never done anything as embarrassing as this mom shown above in the video did, I can say that I have tried to be creative. I can’t seem to think of anything I would call embarrassing, I usually just try to bribe the kids with fruit for dessert for eating their dinner. Basically dinner is the only meal that is not a choice for the kids, while breakfast and lunch are more of a “what do you want” type situation with a couple of choices provided, dinner is pretty much set in stone.

I cook what I cook and the kids are required to taste the food, if they determine they truly do not like it I probably would make something small for them, however, once the kids are able to try it they usually like it. The three year old is my biggest dinner challenger and as much as wearing spaghetti on my head like that would amuse him, I highly doubt it would work to get him to eat and if for some odd reason it worked – he would expect me to do it at every meal.

Would you like to win a $50 AMEX card? Well enter below – giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 26th and is open to US age 18+.

How to enter:

Answer this: What is the most embarrassing thing you have done to get your kids to eat their meal?

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Disclosure: I am a Ragu Moms the Word on Dinner brand ambassador, however, I was not paid for this post.

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  1. I once made a brick oven (made of boulders and a lot of ingenuity and brut) in the middle of the desert to have a place to cook some pizzas for him.

  2. nothing crazy yet. we have a rule that you have to try something, but you dont have to keep eating it if you don’t like it.

  3. I used to dance around silly singing a Broccoli song so my son would eat it, then we would also decorate Broccoli like they were little Christmas trees.

  4. I’m tasted baby food to encourage my kids to eat. I’ve played choo-choo and airplane too.
    Thanks so much.

  5. Bribed my son to eat. If he eats he gets a “treat”. Yes I know its horrible but I’ve done it and I’m not proud :/ Thanks!

  6. Visit the Ragu Facebook Page and leave a comment on their Ragu Moms the Word on Dinner video conversations area Susan Smith and I commented about taking my children to the grocery store.

  7. We allow our daughter to put ketchup on EVERYTHING to get her to eat. It’s disgusting, but it works.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  8. to get the kids to eat, i tell them they are gonna go to bed without eating, and i actually followed through once, i felt so guilty so i waited and we ended up snacking in the kitchen late worked for next time however!


  10. How to enter:

    Answer this: What is the most embarrassing thing you have done to get your kids to eat their meal?

    dont have kids,but i was once sent to a room for the entire day…i was hungry the next day baby!

  11. How to enter:

    Answer this: What is the most embarrassing thing you have done to get your kids to eat their meal?

    dont have kids,but i was once sent to a room for the entire day…i was hungry the next day baby!


  12. Right now my son is still young so I haven’t done anything too bad. He hates eating meat though so I’ve embarrassingly tried less healthy meats like hot dogs and chicken nuggets to coax him (no luck though).


  13. I would tell my two daughters to pretend that they were Godzilla eating a forest of trees, so as to encourage them to eat broccoli.

  14. I never really have to do anything to get them to eat. Our son does have a dislike for certain textures. So, I’ll do something like mix yogurt in with his milk.

  15. I brought his Left over meal to his baseball game and told him he better finish it, if he wants to play and be strong!

  16. I never had a problem getting my son to eat, so nothing embarrassing to report. He’s grown now and still a very healthy eater…loves his food! 🙂

  17. I commented on Ragus wall and in the video section for ” How to make leftover’s delicious”? FB name rebecca shockley

  18. I don’t remember ever doing anything that I would consider embarrassing to get them to eat–it was never a problem.

  19. The most embarrassing thing would have to be the dance and song I did when my son was a little younger and at the stage he didn’t want anyone to feed him anymore. Since then I have kept those moments to a minimum.

  20. The most embarrassing thing I’ve done is search everywhere and then spend a small fortune on plates with cats on them trying to get my daughter excited about eating. It didn’t work but she loves playing with the plates.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  21. I’ve danced and sang silly songs to get my daughter to stop throwing a fit at the table and eat lol 🙂

  22. Well besides the open up the station choo choo train trick when they were much younger the only thing I do now is bribe them with dessert.

  23. I told them if they ate their dinner I would stand in our front yard and sing i’m a little tea pot. They loved it!

  24. I mostly had good eaters but I have been known to get out ranch salad dressing and put a puddle of it on my kids’ plates to use as dip to get them to eat whatever it was they weren’t eating.

  25. FB: Slehan
    Share a favorite dinnertime moment!
    When ever someone at the table used a word that we didn’t know my father always said: Go get the dictionary & look it up. I have a great vocabulary now.

  26. I once smashed peas and carrots over my face and licked them off around my mouth to get the kids to eat theirs – luckily it was just at home, so it wasn’t too embarrassing!

  27. Thanks for the giveaway…we used to sing the “vegetable song” to get the kids to eat vegetables, silly impromptu lyrics sung in various styles i.e. opera, rap, etc.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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