Speaking of food, it is not good manners when the children in the house complain about the lovely food that is put before them.
I don't mind individual foods that are not appealing, I have still not come around to brussel sprouts, but when faced with a plate, that has been prepared with thought and care, thankfulness and appreciation would be appropriate. So..........
this week, we are having bread and apples for dinner. The same day in and day out. A can of tuna may appear or a slice of cheese (as I monitor growing children's energy levels), but the aim is to not offer too much variety and to keep it basic.
Before you think I am being cruel, I am 'feeding them up' throughout the day. I just want them to appreciate the variety and taste of different meals that are cooked for them. I am grabbing the last week of the holidays to do this, before brains and bodies are exerted at school.