22 Parents From Around The World Discuss Food And Their Kids

BuzzFeed asked parents from around the world the same

“What frustrates you the most when it comes to food and
your kid?”

ID: 8691343



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“What frustrates me the most when trying to feed my kids is
having to compete with advertising. If it’s green they don’t
want it, so they avoid vegetables. But if they saw on TV
there was a new green hot dog, they would try it for sure.

One thing I have managed to do is — instead of making them
eat a burger — I make sure they eat a good piece of steak.”

—Pascual Calicchio

ID: 8581080

2. India

“I moved with my 2-year-old and 5-year-old kids from New York
City to Delhi in the last five years, and the most
frustrating part was trying to find reliable organic,
GMO-free, antibiotic-free options. I had not anticipated how
difficult it would be find organic food that I took for
granted when I was in NYC — things like milk for my kids that
was not adulterated or antibiotic-free chicken and eggs!

We ended up buying non-organic blueberries and strawberries
that were imported from the United States at 10 times the
cost because we couldn’t trust the quality of the local
fruits and vegetables. There is a complete absence of
regulation of fresh produce, dairy, and meats available in
the local markets in urban India.”

—Shreyasi Jha, Facebook

ID: 8581054

3. Belgium

“As a mother of a 2-year-old girl my frustrations are:

A) The limited options when I take her out to eat in a
restaurant. It’s either chicken and fries or applesauce, a
hamburger and fries, or spaghetti.

B) How expensive it is to eat healthy. My daughter eats
healthy but I eat a lot of absolute garbage and fast food
because it costs way less.

C) Having to freeze a month’s worth of food because it’s WAY
too difficult to make my daughter dinner every day and still
have money for me and my husband.”

—Femke Van Havermaet, Facebook

ID: 8631069

5. Canada

“It frustrates me that produce is more expensive than junky,
processed food. You can always find the sugary treats on
sale, but the organic and healthy choices rarely are. And
fast food is everywhere now, with very few healthy options.”

—Shannon Daly, Facebook

ID: 8629439

6. South

“Our daughter is EBF (exclusively breastfed), and I have no
complaints so far! I’ve breastfed in public with zero
negative comments, and a very large amount of shopping
centers and restaurants have nursing rooms complete with a
sofa or bench to nurse on (and often a nursing pillow), a
changing station, and even water for making formula. The
nicer places even have little private rooms for naps, a small
play area, and stroller parking!”

—Jayleen Yu, Facebook

ID: 8630940

7. Canada


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“I can’t handle the amount of food my daughter wastes. I told
her she wasn’t allowed to throw her food in the garbage
without asking me first, so she started hiding it under my
couch. Also, healthy food is so much more expensive than the
junk. My cupboards and fridge constantly seem bare even
though we spend $400+ a month on food as a family.”

—Kasha Milton, Facebook

ID: 8630988


“What’s frustrating? When you spend the entire day preparing
a week’s worth of meals and after one bite it gets thrown on
the floor in disgust!”

—Renee Melbourne, Facebook

ID: 8630948


“We have the same problem that many in wealthy countries
have, which is that our junky/unhealthy food is always on
sale while the healthy foods are expensive — especially when
you’re on a budget. My girl and boy both love fruits of any
kind, but veggies are a fight (although it’s getting better).

Also, when we’re eating out, the options to order are mostly
unhealthy — no healthy stuff, sadly! Plus eating out is

—Amanda Iris Peixoto-van Luit, Facebook

ID: 8630995

10. Canada


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“What frustrates me is how much candy/treats total strangers
feel compelled to offer to my kids for no reason, usually
without asking me first. Or how often candy and sweets are
available ‘as a treat’ at haircut places, the bank, sports
games, school, etc. When it gets offered at so many places it
stops being a ‘treat’! And if you’re the mean parent who says
no, the person offering it will try to guilt you into it by
saying, ‘Oh, it’s just a little treat, mom.’”

—Audrey Scales Smith Onciul, Facebook

ID: 8630943

11. India

“Though my daughter is not even 3, she is very particular
about what she likes and does not like. We have to be mindful
of having a gap before we repeat a dish in the same week or
she’ll say, ‘I’m not eating ‘cause I ate that two days back!’
There are days when she wants to have a particular dish and
won’t settle for any other dish. I’ve had to order takeout
for chicken soup because she won’t eat anything else. These
challenges keep me frustrated at times and entertained as

—Priya Panjikar

ID: 8594465

12. Guam

“I would definitely say the produce is the most frustrating
thing (along with the very small selection of food). Nothing
is grown on Guam except coconuts and a handful of fruits.
Everything else is imported and crazy expensive. And, by the
time we get it, it goes bad within a few days.

I hate that my kid has mostly frozen fruit and vegetables,
and I’m sure he hates it too. We are super limited on what’s
available. It’s not like we can go to Walmart or a farmers
market — if it’s not at two of the major retailers, then it’s
not on island. My son is already a picky eater and since we
are very limited, it’s hard for me to help him branch out.”

—Kellie Morgan, Facebook

ID: 8631057


“We are very lucky our almost-3-year-old wee man is a really
curious little eater who is willing to give most things a
good Aussie go. Without blowing Sydney’s trumpet too much,
we’re blessed with a very healthy foodie scene (Aussies love
smoothies, green juices, and clean living) and abundant
locally produced produce. My wife makes most of our son’s
food from scratch, often inspired by her friend Aimee, whose
baby Pip was born on the same day as Arty. What frustrates
us? Grandparents who think it’s OK to sneak in chocolates and

—Simon Crerar, BuzzFeed

ID: 8683793


“In Thailand it’s becoming more and more common for kids to
order food without vegetables. There’s also a problem with
7-Elevens being on every other street corner.”

—Magalee Marin Çırpılı, Facebook

ID: 8631063

16. South

South Africa

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“What frustrated me the most was the phase my daughter went
through between the ages of 1 and 2 when she would not want
to eat a proper meal — at all. She wouldn’t eat what was
prepared for the family or meals that were bought. Instead,
she would sometimes prefer to eat plain rice, dry bread, or
dry cereal. I was like, ‘Really? I can cook you a
three-course meal and you’d still prefer to eat that?’”

—Bronwyn Bernadette Josephine Naidoo, Facebook

ID: 8630953

17. England

“The thing that frustrates me the most is that most food
aimed at kids is loaded with sugar, and I don’t want my
20-month-old daughter to grow up addicted to it. That, and
the fact her tastes change so frequently. She’ll be obsessed
with, say, mango for a few weeks, and then completely lose
interest in it. So you find yourself stocking up on things
that then go to waste.”

—Luke Lewis, BuzzFeed

ID: 8581063

18. England

“Trying to keep up with my son’s likes and dislikes. He loves
green beans and cabbage and is absolutely obsessed with
broccoli, but if you ask him to try even a sprout — even one
that’s been made with bacon — you hit a complete brick wall.
His ‘trying it’ is touching the tip of his tongue to it for a

—Amii Mitchell, Facebook

ID: 8630979

19. Belgium


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“My 2½-year-old son is very picky and would live off Oreo
filling exclusively if I gave up on trying every day — over
and over — to put some healthy food in his mouth.

Also, in Belgium we have a load of choices for carnivores but
finding veggie meals proves to be an absolute hassle!”

—Rihab Hafidi, Facebook

ID: 8631060

20. Japan

“We have a10-year-old boy who dislikes vegetables. He doesn’t
eat raw ones, but we finally realized he will eat boiled
vegetables. It’s not easy to figure out how to cook food he
likes — often we have to eat the dish for him.”

—Daisuke Furuta, BuzzFeed Japan

ID: 8664318

21. Sweden

“It frustrates me how my kid’s favorite food can become their
most hated in mere seconds depending on their mood.”

—Miku Akbar, Facebook

ID: 8631065

22. New

New Zealand

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“Taking my kids out to eat and finding our options consist of
‘chicken nuggets and chips (fries),’ ‘burgers and chips,’
‘hot dogs and chips,’ and several other unhealthy treats.

The majority of places don’t even offer the option of fruit
and veggies with their meals! This makes it incredibly
difficult to take kids out for a meal and not fill them with
junk food.”

—Ellen May, Facebook

ID: 8630957

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