The benefits of sitting down for a meal every day as a family are widely-touted, which may be why parents keep attempting this feat in spite of the way kids react to it.
If you enjoy scowls, whining and incessant criticism of your cooking, family meals may be right for you. Below, 29 tweets from parents who can relate.
8 year old daughter:
13:00pm: “I’m hungry”
14:00pm: “I’m hungry”
15:00pm: “I’m hungry”
16:00pm: “I’m hungry”
17:00pm: “Dinner Time!”
— The Dad of Design (@thedadofdesign) March 12, 2022
A celebrity Me, talking
at a press to my kids at
“No more questions”
— Ohio mom of two 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ #BLM (@OhioMomoftwo) July 16, 2021
Kids: we’re hungry!
Me: it’s nearly ready
*food catches fire*
Me: ok it’s ready
— MumInBits (@MumInBits) October 17, 2019
“The best time to ask Mom for snacks is 10 minutes after mealtime.” — Kids everywhere
— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) April 23, 2018
4 kids x (1 bowl + 1 spoon + 1 cup) = 92 dirty dishes
— Jacob Denhollander (@JJ_Denhollander) September 17, 2020
Me: Don’t eat a lot after school. Dinner is in 2 hours
Kids: *eat 17 lbs of food
Kids: I’m not hungry
— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) October 18, 2021
I told the kids I didn’t want to hear a word about the dinner being too burned, too cold, too soggy, too crispy, too chewy or too yucky so they all sat in silence for the entire mealtime
— MumInBits (@MumInBits) September 22, 2021
“I’M STILL A BADASS” I quietly sob as my kids make me their dinnertime bitch again
— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) December 18, 2021
Shout-out to all the parents who start mealtime with the patience of a saint, only to become a batshit-crazy lunatic with a minuscule thread of patience remaining by the kids’ third bite. You’re all my people.
— Goldfish and Chicken Nuggets (@gfishandnuggets) October 23, 2019
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something they claim is their favorite food.
-my kids at mealtime
— Daisy (@Daisyldoo) October 24, 2021
Dear new parents. For your own sanity, do not start a habit of asking your kids what they’d like for dinner.
— Hollie McNish (@holliepoetry) January 10, 2023
Me: dinner time
Child: I don’t want that food
Me: it’s what’s for dinner that’s all there is
Child: if you had not put this food on my plate this wouldn’t be a problem
— Matthew Wentworth (@mbwentworth) April 27, 2022
I didn’t read any parenting books but I assume it’s totally cool to bow out of feeding your kids if mealtime gives you an ulcer. Can anyone verify?
— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) November 14, 2018
I spent my time making a home cooked meal and placed it in front of the kids who immediately asked for something different and laughed. Then I laughed. Then we laughed. Then I spoke in a voice not of this world and everyone ate their damn dinner.
— Maryfairyboberry🧚🏻♀️ (@maryfairybobrry) January 4, 2022
Green Eggs and Ham is basically a story about a parent trying to feed their kid something new for dinner but the kid won’t eat it because the food is the wrong colour. I also consider it the story of my life.
— Kevin The Dad (@kevinthedad) February 11, 2023
If y’all need to learn any songs about farting, burps or snot, my kids can hook you up. And they prefer to share during mealtime, just FYI.
— Suki (@skickwriter) November 30, 2018
My son complained that we always have chicken for dinner, so I made a meal without chicken.
Kid: where’s the chicken?!
— Karen (@AntsyButterfly) June 22, 2022
me: *cooking 47th meal of the day*
my kid: mom, let’s pretend the kitchen is a restaurant
me: *eye twitch intensifies*
— meghan (@deloisivete) April 13, 2023
I made a new rule at dinner tonight.
Every time my kids complained about my cooking, I gave them an extra helping.
It was the quietest meal we’ve had in months.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) July 29, 2022
My new favorite thing is the kid taking his sippy cup during a meal and not throwing it, but nudging it off the table, possibly hitting the dog with it, then looking at you very coldly and saying “uh oh.”
We’ve considered he might be a sociopath for a while, and here we are.
— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) November 8, 2023
Imagine you own a restaurant. A customer orders a meal and tells you it’s disgusting. They say this is the worst restaurant they’ve ever been to and you’re the worst chef in the world. This is what it’s like cooking for kids.
— Kevin The Dad (@kevinthedad) October 26, 2022
The advantage of inviting people to thanksgiving dinner is you don’t have to cook the whole meal yourself. So when your kid refuses to eat you’ve only wasted a portion of your day cooking
— Heatherhere (@Heatinblack) November 24, 2021
Ahhh dinnertime, the only time of the day the kids aren’t hungry.
— Tom Flood V2 (@TomFloodOne) August 2, 2021