Do you give your child leftovers? Food that is about half a day old..say you make some pasta on Saturday evening, eat up as much as you can, and discover you still have some of it left..keep it in the fridge by night..and then take it out the next day morning and give it to your child to eat..because she loves pasta and secondly because you dont have to worry about cooking breakfast for her…
I do it..honestly..I even give her leftover rice, chapati, bhaji, dal..everything…
and I get flaked for it..my colleagues in office are shocked, astonished and unhappy that I am such a horrible mom, who can give her 2.5 year old child leftover of the previous evening – their reaction is this ‘Tu kaisi Ma hai? bechari R’ (What kind of a mother are you? Poor R)
..while they will not even give then 10 year old and 13 year old leftovers…
I was like WTH??
A 13 year old cant eat leftovers???
My mom used to make lunch and dinner both fresh every day but if any food was left, she would ensure its shared between all four of us mom, dad, bro and me…when she started giving us leftovers I am not sure..but I always remember sharing it with everyone else in the family for ever…I mean, I dont recollect mom saying no we will eat the leftovers, you and bro eat fresh food…
As long as the food is good, doesnt get spoilt or isnt something that is likely to get spoilt whats wrong is giving it to your child..arent you teaching the child that its wrong to waste food and if its left over you should finish it!!!
No, apparently, colleagues in office feel
*Leftovers will give your child a stomach ache!
*They should be given fresh food because it tastes better and that will ensure they eat more (Not that R had any eating problems as such..infact she has the opposite…she eats TOO much…which is why I should give her leftovers..maybe she will eat less ;))
I dont really agree to the above reasons..
As long as I am convinced that the food is not spoilt, I think its okie to give it to a child who eats anything from the street anyways…Of course I didnt give R leftovers till she was about 2..but now I am convinced that her immune system can pretty much ‘take’ leftovers! But not giving your 13 year old leftovers??? you got to be kidding! and this 13 year old loves Chinese food off the street!
I think there are advantages in giving leftovers as well 😉
*You build the child’s immune system
*Teach the child how NOT to waste food
Teach the child that everything good/ bad needs to be shared among family..
So, what say, Do you give your child leftovers?