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Enough with the socks, can we now discuss the approximate eleventy metric tons of food my children now consume during any given week?

It's just too ho-ho-ho-ironical for words, after spending most of my 27 (non-consecutive) months of pregnancy worried about my diet and calorie-intake-to-vomiting ratio, and then even more months of worried about their diets and how much milk they were getting and how many ounces they were gaining, and then obsessively coaxing hundreds of tiny wee spoonfuls of baby food into their mouths and wondering if they were eating enough and peeing enough and pooping enough...that now I'm surrounded by a pack of giant strapping boy-children who NEVER STOP EATING.

Someone is ALWAYS hungry. (And conversely, someone else ALWAYS seems to be pooping. It's the circle of life groceries!) One granola bar is no longer an acceptable snack, unless it's immediately followed by ANOTHER granola bar and a side of Goldfish crackers and maybe a bowl of pistachios. Fifteen minutes after that, the bellies are back, skulking around the kitchen for graham crackers.

We go through two giant boxes of Cheerios a week, and close to four gallons of milk. Two loaves of bread, minimum. I am perpetually out of eggs (and I should point out that only Ezra and Ike actually eat the eggs, but together manage to do a great deal of damage, what with their two-scrambled-eggs-a-day habits). (EACH!) We're officially in the Family Size range for anything packaged or boxed and the answer to the question "Hey are we almost out of peanut butter and jelly?" is yes. ALWAYS, ALWAYS YES. The other day I heard Noah refer to bananas as a "beginning of the week" food, since they're usually gone by Wednesday or Thursday. 

This weekend, while we were putting away the groceries, Ezra happened to find a pint of raspberries in one of the bags. A pint of raspberries that I thought would last us a week, or at least a few days. He ate the entire damn thing in one sitting.

For breakfast, Ike eats a pancake or waffle, a handful of Cheerios, two eggs, a banana and/or some berries (NOT THIS WEEK, THOUGH, THANKS ZAH), two cups of milk and sometimes a container of yogurt.

Two hours later, he has second breakfast of a cheese stick, more Cheerios and more fruit. Maybe any leftover yogurt.

You know, something LIGHT, especially since he eats lunch only an hour after that. And don't even try to talk to him after his nap until I get him back in the high chair for his after-nap pre-dinner supper-snack. 

Seriously. I think I maybe gave birth to a hobbit. 

And Noah, who once lived for two full years on peanut-butter crackers and Cheerio dust, is now a giant solid body of BIG KID who will eat just about anything if he's hungry enough. And he's almost always hungry enough. He wants seconds and thirds. He gets a late-afternoon snack at school and still gets off the bus talking about what he wants to eat when he gets home. (Answer: ALL OF THE THINGS) He has been known to start whining about being hungry while STILL CHEWING. 

We tried keeping a designated Snack Drawer in the fridge for them — mostly because I just really, REALLY wanted to sit down every once in awhile without hearing "Mom, I'm hungry" 30 seconds later. I positively filled the bottom vegetable crisper with a ton of healthy, carefully portioned-out snack options: milk boxes, water bottles, cheese, containers of nuts and granola and fruits (fresh AND dried), carrot sticks, yogurt, etc. I told them that they were welcome to help themselves to anything in the snack drawer whenever they wanted. 

They managed to strip that drawer bare in less than 24 hours. The Snack Drawer concept was officially retired less than a week later, when I discovered that Ezra was apparently helping himself to midnight snacks of yogurt-in-a-tube, of which he would eat half and save the rest for later...under his pillow.

Don't get me wrong. It's all awesome. They're all healthy and fit and full of energy for swimming and karate and tree-climbing mayhem. It's not like they're binging on soda and candy here — Ezra's favorite snack in the world is a sliced-up avocado, for God's sake. (I buy half a dozen avocados a week, yet cannot remember the last time I had any on hand for guacamole.) They're just...growing boys, I know. 

It's still a bit bonkers to witness, though. And pay for. And to imagine what it's going to be like in a few more years, when I have a pack of teenagers. 

Ikeeats Ikeeats2

Forget the college savings plan, people, I think I'm going to set up a trust fund just to keep us in groceries through high school.

 

 

Comments

robyn

we were watching football this weekend and i was saying to my husband, "can you imagine having to feed those boys in high school?"

our Owen is 16 months and is starting to hit his eating stride. i've been all concerned about what the preshus eats for so long, and now all i can think is "can he get that himself and get it into his mouth decently? sold!" because he eats all. the. time.

i can't even imagine having three! what fun!

jodifur

I remember playdates where Noah wouldn't eat and Michael ate all the food. Want to hear something funny? Michael has become crazy picky and won't eat anything I make for dinner unless it is meat. And I don't cook meat. So that's fun.

Heidi

I have never told anyone this before, but for 3 kids I buy 14lbs of yogurt at Trader Joes a week, and another 2 for the adults. It's mortifying.

Lori

Wait til they are teenagers...... second mortgage anyone??!

Issa

I have two like this and one who lives on air. I go through more snacks than I can...well you know. Ha. I have two snack drawers. One in the fridge and one in the pantry.

I remember my younger brother as a teen. I mean he's bad now as a 30 year old guy, but good god he could eat as a teen. A whole pizza. An entire box of cheerios in one sitting.

Arnebya

I am convinced it is the boy factor. Neither of my girls is like this with food or snacks or MORE DRINK PLEASE. Z's favorite snack is avocado too (which, finally, is being referred to as avocado and not just "green.") I am still amazed sometimes when they ask for seconds or thirds and then ask for dessert. But, I am more amazed that my husband will still STILL return from the grocery store with one damn pack of chicken or 5 pork chops. Um, bruh? There are 5 of us but come on, we eat like a family of 9. Come in here again with too few oranges and that small boy is so going to kick your ass.

Peace and groceries be with you.

Hannah

My three boys also eat ridonkulous amounts of food. They are like locusts. We spend more on food a month than we do on our mortgage AND I'M NOT JOKING.

So - I feel you.

Stef

I can't even imagine feeding more than one starving monkey. My little guy is 16 months old and we have been the recipients of comments like "he's such a good eater!" Since like 6 months old. Luckily he's got his dads metabolism because for such a skinny thing he eats more than the grown-ups in our house do.

We have joked for months that I've given birth to a hobbit, I'm sort of glad to hear we're not alone. Forget having more children, we won't be able to afford this one and his ridiculous food consumption.

I made a list of all the words he can say at 16 months... 20 of them are food or food related. *sigh*

Margaret

I have two boys/eating machines and we have not succumbed to the Costco membership, though all our neighbors give us the "Really?" look. My husband is very anti-bulk shopping, but I don't know if that is sustainable as they eat *our* weight in food on a weekly basis.

Kim W.

I know exactly what you mean. I have three boys (13, 9, 3) and a baby girl. We go through 3+ loaves of store-bought bread a week -- if they're in the bread mood. (And I also bake a few loaves per week.) And then a couple pounds of cheese. 2+ dozen eggs. Apples and apples and apples.

I was at our local farm supply store yesterday buying local eggs (which we use as a special treat for us super big adult people), and mentioned to the woman (barely) how we really need to get our own chickens. She laughed and said it probably wouldn't save us any money... The drive home I had a full out argument with her in my head about how it WOULD because my god, we probably spend $300 on eggs per year. We'd recoop (ha!) our coop-building money in a couple months. What does she know, anyway? Ahh, to be young and single.

Kim W.

Oh my god, and the SOCKS.

Amelia Sprout

My MIL, mother to two boys, three years apart, and both at adult heights, around 6'4", says they nearly went bankrupt when they were in high school. It was a 1000/month grocery bill in the 80's! They once fried up a family size pack of pork chops for snack after school (they were supposed to be that nights dinner). A, my husband, and the baby, would go out for dinner at restaurants and order 2-3 entrees while sporting a 27" waist in his 20's. Fortunately for me, his metabolism slowed and he's now on a diet.
Also, girls are not immune to this. During growth spurts, we feed the girls like they are hobbits. Two breakfasts, brunch, etc.

Lucy

Good God, I am so there with you. My 3 1/2 year old daughter eats, like, every 30 minutes (her usual breakfast: an entire avocado, plus 3 sausage links). My 18-month old, less so, but largely because he's too damn busy to stop & eat. Meanwhile, he's still nursing, so I spend a ton of time just making food for *myself* all day. Between prep, eating & clean up, I swear 75% of my day is spent in the kitchen.

Kim W.

My 13-year-old will eat a half loaf of store-bought bread as a post-dinner snack. So I taught him how to use the bread machine. He can make his very own loaves now.

OK, I'll shush now.

heidi

As the mom of 4 boys aged 12 to 18, I will say I spend almost as much on groceries a month as on our mortgage (with escrow). My paycheck alone can not feed them all.

Stacia

sweet baby jesus, it's like we live the same life.

Helen

3 boys still at home, 9, 11 and 12. They eat constantly, they ate 2 boxes of cereal yesterday as a snack, a SNACK! It is almost a form of entertainment itself to watch them and wait til they say they aren't hungry anymore....still waiting for that!

shin ae

Yes. I've started baking again just so I can keep the food coming at a reasonable cost to us. I have two sons (9 and 11), and most days I make a loaf of bread and a batch of muffins or something like that. That's in addition to the other stuff I cook throughout the day for them to eat.

Barb

You make me laugh. Thank you.

Shanan

I have a friend who is one of three sons, set up much like your family. They all were over 6 feet tall by the time they were in their teens. At one point, his parents set them down and told them they had to choose between milk and cable. They chose milk. Also, he tells stories of going to the grocery store during his lunch break from HS and buying a loaf of bread and eating the entire thing with milk since it was the cheapest way to feel full. So much fun to look forward to!

Mama Bub

I'm reading this as my five year old is asking for "just one more snack, and THAT'S IT, mama." I'm just going to start sprinkling his food with protein powder to keep him full for longer than ten minutes.

sheilah

Raspberries...yum. I'm with Ez.

Sassy

Yes, you will be stunned when they are teenagers (my two took after their father who ate an entire loaf of bread made into sandwiches after school every day and before a full dinner: his mother still talks about the time when her husband was out of work and they weaned him from bologna to peanut butter to save money). Also, mine pulled this trick where when I finally got my shopping/cooking down for the increased volume, they would more or less quit eating until they retrained me to that level and then they got hungry again. Good luck.

Lisa Y

I have three GIRLS and I think they would eat every minute of the day if I let them. I have grocery shopped three times in the past week and I will still need a Costco trip soon. I'm glad they love fruit, but I can't keep enough of it in the house. I wish I was a gardener because that might cut our grocery bill a little, but my husband decided it was best for the plant world if I stopped killing them.

Amelia

I have two growing boys, and every day on my way to work, I drive by the food bank. I always think, what would I do if I didn't have enough money for food for these two? They are 18 mo and 4 yrs old and eating everything! I count my blessings, and I donate a little bit more when I can these days.

Suzy Q

Holy cannoli! This seems bonkers to me (Ike eats more than I do), but the other commenters are going through it, too. I wish you all the best!

El

"Seriously. I think I maybe gave birth to a hobbit."

My husband and I make this comment regularly about our two boys ages 4 years and 21 months. You had me laughing so hard I about peed my pants!

I have nightmares about the grocery bills for the teenage years.

LMo

Ah, I remember these days! And I second the sentiment that it is the same with girls. I used to eat dinner (with seconds and thirds) at my mom's table, then go out with my friends and eat a whole other dinner at a restaurant. We did a calorie-counting project in 10th grade--I was downing nearly 4000 calories a day. I just sent this to my husband so he's prepared for what will happen when we have kids (assuming they're anything like me).

kristin

Thank god you posted this. I thought my 17-month old had a tapeworm or a hollow leg. Kid never stops eating, and the pediatrician is pretty strict about "just one snack a day - the rest we eat at meals." We've had to block off the kitchen so he stops bringing us things from the pantry (including garbage). Why did no one tell me about this?

Becki

Trust fund for food is a good idea. I have twin brothers and they almost ate my parents out of house and home when they were high school athletes. Here is the "snack" one of them had EVERY day after school. A FULL package of sphagetti noodles topped by a FULL JAR of ragu. For snack. EVERY DAY. and HE was the skinny basketball playing twin . . ..never mind what football brother ate. Seriously - it almost isn't a joke when you think of parents under the poverty line with growing boys . ..

Kathi

Fun post! When I was growing up, and my two older brothers were teenagers, my family went through a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk EVERY DAY! (My brothers took 3 sandwiches each in the lunches my mom packed.) Now I have a college freshman son and a high school freshman daughter, but I am very familiar with the constant, and seemingly instantaneous, depletion of groceries by hungry boys. With my son away at school now, our eating habits have totally changed (salad with fruit for dinner!!) and my grocery bill has declined as a result. Right now, my son is home on Christmas break and he is driving me crazy with his constant "What's for dinner?" and "When are we eating?" I will say, though, that there is nothing like feeding teenage boys to make you feel appreciated. They will typically eat anything, eat LOTS of it, LOVE IT and be very thankful for it. I always enjoyed feeding my son and his friends.

Laurie

I have two such hungry, hungry hippos...I can't imagine a THIRD. I can't feed them fast enough - and yet they're ridiculously skinny (wishing I had a 9-year-old boy's metabolism - geesh!). My 9-year-old wears size 10 jeans because he's super tall...but they are the skinny, slim, dear-God-why-don't-you-have-a-butt size 10s, and he still has to cinch his belt tight. And for all that this child eats, he still looks like a noodle in his jammer swim suit - skinny and wiggly.

My four-year-old isn't much better - but at least I can find clothes that fit all the different portions of his body! :)

Tracy

Yep. A trust fund for food for teen boys is an excellent idea. My teen boy moved out because he's a freshman in college now, and when he came home for Christmas break, I was SHOCKED at how much he eats. And how much more money I had to spend on groceries. (remaining children at home = 16 yo girl and 8 yo boy).

Carole

As I was reading this, my 4-year-old called to me from the kitchen, 'I just finished that cutie, but I'm still pretty hungry.' He and his year-old twin brothers seriously terrify me. I have no idea how I will be able to feed them in a few years.

kara

I think most of us start out as moms thinking we'll keep our kids healthy, only give them good whole food, and never give them processed junk as the main part of their diet. But i think this post makes it really easy to see how parents eventually resort to filling their freezers with stuff like those little pizza things (pizza rolls? Don't remember the name because i've never bought them) and their pantries with things like top ramen. Because that's an incredible amount of fruits, veggies, etc, that your little boys are eating, and that's the EXPENSIVE stuff, you know? I can only imagine when they're big boys. . .i know i wouldn't have the budget to keep those stellar eating habits untarnished. Good luck!

margalit  (@margalit)

My kids, now 20, ate me out of house and home during the high school years. We went through 5 loaves of bread, 2 gals of milk, 2 giant jars of Skippy, 10 cans of tuna fish, pounds and pounds of fruit, 2 big clumps of bananas, 5 of the HUGE containers of yogurt per week. I made 1 stockpot of chili that would last for dinner and 1 day of snacks. About 5 lbs cheese. A pot of chicken noodle soup. My weekly food bill was around $400/week.

It is better now that my son has grown into his 6'4" frame and both kids work at restaurants with discount meals. But when I was in the middle of this food frenzy I was afraid they would get hungry and microwave the cats.

Janna

My 21-month-old girl sounds a lot like Ike. She ate half an apple, a waffle and three helpings of yogurt at breakfast this morning. Then typically she has a snack in the car on the way to school which consists of dried fruit, bunny crackers or dehydrated yogurt snacks. Then, if we get to school by 8:30, she has the snack at school and a full homemade, hot lunch at 11 (they serve organic meatloaf, chicken tenders, chili with a ton of fruit and veggie options). She has always been around 35% for weight and 95% for height so the kid is tall and skinny. And if we open the pantry, it's like a dog hearing the treat container. She comes out of the woodwork when she hears the door. We spend a ton on groceries. I can't imagine how much you spend - it has got to be nuts!

Leigh Ann

Yes! I regularly joke that my 3 girls, age 4, 4, and 2, eat like hobbits with breakfast, 2nd breakfast, and don't forget about elevensies. Also, I'm a huge nerd.

And why are they always hungriest when we have NO groceries???

Sarah

I have three brothers and even now, in their 40's, they can empty my parent's fridge just stopping by. We had a freezer in the basement stuffed with pizzas and the like as kids that they would constantly be raiding, and if they had teenage friends over they could literally empty it. They are now of average height of say 6'2" and my mom no longer drags multiple carts around the grocery store but if she knows they'll be by on a given day she puts on a pot of beans and another of rice to at least slow them down.

Stef

What's funny about this is when the boys actually realize the cost of their eating habits.

My husband and I moved in together when we were in our early 20's and he still ate like he did in high school. It was out of control. One day I got fed up and sent him to the store with a list and a budget. He came home hours later lecturing me about "OMG do you know how much cheese costs? I eat cheese Sandwhiches! This is crazy, and meat? Whoa"

Hilarious. :)

kimtoo

A stand up freezer and a Costco memebership have saved me. We buy a huge portion of our groceries there. Becaue my girls eat a ton, too. Unless they won't eat anything at all.

Stacy

I have just one boy and he was never a big eater. Then he turned 12 and oh-boy. The best part of 12-teen (that's what I call it....he is suddenly taller than me & has the start of a mustache)is when he sits down to eat breakfast and then quizzes me about what's for lunch, what's for supper, and for the love of God, mama, what will you feed me for breakfast tomorrow? Eeep!

Nancy

Thank god. I thought it was just me... except, you know, I have two preschool girls, who can outeat any boy.

Dona

Sign them up for wrestling. I was waiting for the day when our son would eat vast amounts of food, but he was always cutting weight for wrestling. Saved us some money. Now however, when he comes home from college, our grocery bills go way up.

Erika

Yeah, I have three boys too and I'm already pricing a second refrigerator... STAY STRONG ;)

Angela

LOL. Great description. Yes, with my first, a boy, we were very accSeemed he was always eating and friends with girl appalled that I just keep feeding the child. Now with my daughter, I sometimes wonder how she subsists on the tiny bird amount she eats some of the time... both are very healthy, so I say if they are hungry - feed them! as long as it is healthy of course:o)

Mary

Um, yeah. It gets so much worse. Sorry to say that four gallons of milk and two loaves of bread a week is nothing. When mine were in full eating mode, we went through eight gallons of milk and ten loaves of bread a week. I remember my mom used to keep rolls of hamburger patties in the freezer, my brothers would come home and fry up a couple for snack, and then eat a full dinner an hour later.

My oldest is now almost 23 and still embraces the concept of Second Dinner.

Ladotyk

I loved this post! I actually read the whole thing out loud to my husband, a man who tried to eat his poor parents out of house and home as a teenager. When he was on the cross country team he ate 5,000 calories a day!

JJ

"Ike eats a pancake or waffle, a handful of Cheerios, two eggs, a banana and/or some berries (NOT THIS WEEK, THOUGH, THANKS ZAH), two cups of milk and sometimes a container of yogurt."

Baby, that baby sounds like he would like some PROTEIN. Would he maybe eat like peanut butter on the banana and/or the waffle and some nuts mixed into the yogurt? Turkey in the scrambled eggs? I bet the hot cake and the Cheerios aren't super filling. Same thing strikes me about the snack drawer- not a lot of filling protein in there. Maybe they would slow down a bit with crackers and pb or almond butter, or maybe cold chicken/turkey?

But honestly, they sound happy and healthy, I'm sure they're grand.

Patty

A couple years ago we were going through foreclosure and I had to detail my monthly expenses and fax them into the mortgage company, you know, all the time. They used to gasp and cluck at our $400 a week grocery bills and tell me that we were spending more than twice the national average for five people. Yes, and we live in CA and two of my three kids are teenage boys. They eat a lot of food. And that $400 included all the other things that you buy at the grocery store that aren't groceries.

Lisa

Just wait until they are teenagers. You'll be going through a gallon of milk per day per kid. My grocery bill for two teenager boys is about $400 a week. I kid you not. And little snacks are no longer enough. My 16 year old eats two waffles, two pop tarts a zone bar and a huge glass of milk for breakfast. Lunch in school ($6/day) after school snack a bananna, an apple, a PB &J, half a can of almonds or mixed nuts, 2 gatorades. After practice more nuts, protein shake, countless bottles of water. For dinner he will eat half of what I cook, my husband and I eat the other half . Before bed snack of microwave popcorn another apple or grapes, maybe ice cream. Family size bag of chips lasts one day. Produce doesn't have time to go bad. He will eat any meant straight out of the pan as it's cooling. boys =huge appetites

Plano Mom

I have ONE 14-year-old boy. We go through a gallon of milk each day, and at least two family size packages of chicken every three days. Fruits and veggies must be purchased daily. Family packages of sandwich meat and entire loaves of bread are merely bedtime snacks.

Get ready for the locusts, I figure you've got another three years before Noah really kicks in.

Jenny

Oh goodness. I can only imagine how much worse this will get as they continue to grow!

My daughter is 21-months now. Between 18 and 20 months was like non-stop eating. She's slowing down now, a little bit at least!

Jenny

And I'm not sure I see what Ladotyk is saying. Two eggs is a lot of protein for a toddler. The yogurt and milk are also good sources of protein. It sounds to me like they're all eating well-balanced meals. I don't think toddlers need paleo diets. Carbs are great for energy and the fruits and vegetables provide the much-needed vitamins and nutrients.

Jenny

Oh shoot. Maybe it was JJ. Looks like maybe the names are below the comments.

I read Amalah often, but don't post much. :)

Amy v

I have a boy just a few months behind Ike, and was just starting to worry that the amount he eats might be abnormally high (especially after the oh-so-helpful "I can't believe you're feeding him so much!" comments from the grandparents), but seeing Ike's breakfast menu makes me feel much better. We're normal! Well, at least in that way. Thanks!

Carin

...and wait til their friends start coming over to hang out!! It's expensive but wonderful, too.

nerissa

have you checked their feet lately? are they hairy? perhaps your boys are really hobbits?? :)

Spookie

When I was in high school on the swim team, I was required to eat dinner with my family every night at 5pm. I would then go over to my boyfriends house and eat dinner with his family at 6pm. Those were the days.

Teenagers eat so much it's astounding.

Rosie

Locusts. Sock eating locusts.

Olivia

I had to do away with the snack drawer because my picky 3 yr old was turning her nose up at meal times and just subsisting on the snacks. Now I stick to a fairly strict schedule for meals and snacks. If she complains of being hungry in between she can have a piece of fruit. Turns out she isn't really that hungry most of the time. ;)

My son, on the other hand, is on the path to being like your boys. He just turned 8 months and he yells as us if we eat and he isn't being given anything. And he has yet to refuse any food. I'm talking squash, carrots, peas, tuna salad, salmon patties, rice...It's a bleeding miracle compared to my first.

TallulahEulallie

The Boy will be 15 in a few weeks and he INHALES food. I swear he doesn't even chew it; he just unhinges his jaw and shovels it in. Yesterday he got his braces off and told me, "Yeah, now I'll be able to eat faster since I won't have to be so careful." Do what, now?? He and his friends hang out here after sports practice or working out at the Y, and they are ravenous. I'm going to need a second fridge, and a second job, to keep up with them. His father and I will be at Costco, doing our weekly hunter-gatherer thing, and he and his friends will be texting us with a list of snacks they "need", complaining that they're starving, wondering when we'll be home. Seriously? I'll have your dad throw another haunch of dinosaur in the cart, and we'll be home in half an hour. In the meantime, fix yourselves a goddamn sammich! I'm really not complaining (much), and I really don't begrudge them the extra money spent. Our house is known as the house with the best food, so they all want to hang out here. I always know where they are, and what they're up to. Sneaky step-mom is sneaky: If you feed them, they will come.

Vana Vernon

Laughing so hard at this post and comments. My husband is the oldest of eight siblings--he has one brother and SIX sisters. They are all grown now, with children of their own, and they are ALL incredibly smart, attractive, and successful. However, get them together and every time, EVERY time, the sisters talk about how they nearly starved during high school because the brothers (both over 6 feet tall and athletes) ate all the food! It's hysterical. My MIL says all that saved them was that they were an Air Force family and were able to get groceries more cheaply at the BX! Love reading your family's story.

Amelia

Well, it's a good thing you've got a little chef in the family. You can start delegating in exchange for allowance money, while Ike pays for groceries as a child actor on a soap opera (if he can reproduce those epic face-palms on camera.)

ras

Wow. I have a 7yo girl, and she eats maybe 1/2 of what you listed as Ike's diet. And the poor kid is in the 90th percentile for weight, even in the summertime when she basically lives under water. I'd been frustrated by what I saw as her huge appetite, but maybe I need to feed her more!

With three kids roughly the same age as yours (each is about 2 months younger than your corresponding boys), we go through about a gallon of milk a week, one box of Triscuts, a half a loaf of bread, less than a dozen eggs and maybe 1-2 containers of yogurt. Berries are generally a single-serving snack around here and we do go through lots of fruit and string cheese, but clearly I was wrong when I assumed my kids eat an abnormally large amount of food.

Bear

My folks have some friends with twin boys who purchased a second fridge when the boys hit fourteen, so the parents could safely return home and cook dinner without discovering that someones had eaten half the ingredients for a "snack".

My guy is a shade under three, and breakfast - black beans with a fried egg and tortilla. Fruit and cereal at snack, chickpeas and steamed veg for lunch at school, yogurt and more fruit snack snack at school, then a fillet of salmon and half a box of mac'n'cheese and a ridiculous amount of broocoli for dinner. And then demanded Goldfish crackers before he would consent to a bath. Plus whole milk and orange juice and water all day. I don't even.

Emily

I read parts of this out loud to my husband and he's now terrified to consider what our future holds. :)

Stephanie

Yeah, it's not just boys, either. My 14 year old daughter (who weighs all of 95 pounds, by the way) eats ALL of the time. I buy food for the week, and it's gone in three days. She and her 11 year old brother went through three gallons of milk in four days in August. I threatened to lock them out of the house until school started again. They did the same thing over winter break. And I don't think it gets better from here...I'm very worried about what will happen when her brother hits the teenage years.

S

This is oddly comforting to read when you're in the middle of a battle with a child who is pretty much surviving on about, 5 different foods. I'm trying not to get into food battles here, and this makes me feel like the food wars just aren't worth it - they'll catch up eventually.

Heather

Thank heavens I'm not the only one. I have a 2.5 year old daughter who consumes everything thing on her plate, and then says "please" to ask for what's on your's too. I was worried I was feeding her too much, but apparently everyone else is going through the same thing!

Stacy

I was recently bragging to my mother about how I have cut my grocery bill in half each month ($400 down from $800) for 2 adults and 2 kids. She told me that in the late 70's when I was a kid, her grocery budget for her 5 kid/2 adult family was $35 a month! a month!! I spend more on that in cheese each week!

Erin

Are you sure your KIDS aren't eating the socks???

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