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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 4:04PM

Feeding boys: a grocery rant

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I wrote this about a year and a half ago, when I had a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old.  They are now 6 and 4 and the situation has only gotten worse. :)

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What's up, Doc?


I knew teenage boys would be expensive to feed. What I did not realize, however, is that, where food is concerned, the "teenage" appetite begins about the time they graduate from baby food to the stuff everyone else eats.

Yesterday Zach and I had been out and about while Alex was at school, and we didn't manage to get any lunch before we had to pick Alex up at 1:00. So, after picking him up, we stopped at a local restaurant. I told Alex he could get a drink. When we got to the counter, he ordered a grilled cheese and fries. I asked, "Didn't you eat lunch at school," and he replied "Yes, but that was a long time ago." (They eat at 12:15.)

When our CSA delivery got here, the boys were munching on apples before I even got everything else put away. Between the two of them, they ate 3 apples and 5 or 6 (smallish) carrots. This was just a snack. It was followed by dinner of homemade pizza, salad, and fruit, and then cupcakes for dessert because we were celebrating Alex's "half-birthday."

It didn't stop today. They had grilled cheese for lunch and went through half a loaf of bread. and half a bag of pirate booty. and more strawberries and carrots.


a typical snack

Zach ate about 5 pancakes for breakfast one morning last weekend.

I'm not sure how they manage to stay within the normal weight parameters for their age. They're both tall and "normal" as far as weight goes.

Do all preschool boys eat this way?? Can anyone help me forecast my grocery list/budget for 10 years from now?? Do I need to move to a ranch in the midwest where we raise our own cattle and grow a huge garden so I can keep them fed?!


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Well both mine grew up to about 6ft 5 and ate their height in food every day.
Then one got a part time job delivering pizza after school and brought home pizzas that were never picked up.
I feel your you..
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Mine are 13 and 8 still can't keep food in the house. No good news :) .r
I loved reading this as it brought back such good memories! What a great story. Adorable kids. R
Oh yeah. I know what you're talking about! At least they're eating fruit and veggies...which I know you feel good about...They may go through a phase where they eat nothing, but that phase will be brief!
When my son was about 11 through 18 he drank one half gallon of milk and one half gallon of orange juice a day. That was just the liquids! He was so happy that the cafeteria at college was like a buffet so he could eat anything and as much as anything he wanted.
Great post.
I grew up with 3 brothers & this was my mom's story throughout my childhood. My first daughter didn't have an appetite until puberty, Little Bit eats more but is a grazer. Our struggle is to keep the choices healthy. It sounds like you're doing a great job & the picture is adorable!
I loved this. Your boys are gorgeous and I laughed at your tags. ~r
Yes, they eat like crazy! I have to say, at least they are munching on fruits and vegetables. We have a constant struggle getting ours to eat green things.
Thanks everyone (I think!). :) Now that they're in sports, they eatandeatandeatandeatandeat even more.

Linda - mine have it in their genes to get that tall too. My husband's 6'4" and his father was 6'7". Maybe they need to find a nice pizza delivery job, too. Good idea!

hugs - that's exactly what I was afraid of.

rjheart - now you're scaring me, really! More than your mortgage. Ouch.

Bea - thank you! They do look rather sweet and innocent in this picture, don't they? :)

Bellwether - yes, on occasion one will pause for a day or two, but the appetite always comes back with a vengeance.

Janice - oh no! I can't keep orange juice in the house to save my life. I mean, really, who walks into the kitchen with a 32 oz stadium cup and fills it with orange juice? Kuebler boys, that's who.

Lucy - oh, to have girls with peckish appetites. I'll trade you. Just one weekend a month would put a serious cushion in my budget. :) One son loves meat and veggies. The other one, it's more of a struggle (he'll eat select raw fruits and veggies, but doesn't want anything cooked). We do our best with what we've got for the moment.

Joan - thank you. :)

Grace - we struggle with the green for one son. The other one listed spinach on his birthday wish list. Go figure. Just keep trying, it'll come (hopefully). My brother still eats very little in the green department (lettuce is the only one that comes to mind at the moment), but he is in fantastic shape and was a great athlete, all the way through college and even now. Maybe a good multivitamin is all that some of us need!

Thanks again, everyone, for reading and commenting!
What a pair of cuties! At least they're healthy and not tanking up on junk. Just don't let them get seriously into competitive swimming--when my brother-in-law, a serious swimmer, was in his teens, he'd eat a whole tray of lasagne for dinner (the rest of the family split a second tray)!