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30 December 2011 @ 10:26 pm
I wasn't gonna post tonight but Dustin is still awake so....here's a post.

That friend's cut is coming over the weekend.

If you're looking for some friend making things, see a couple of things below. I recommend the second one. It's different and fun...

We went out to eat last night and Dustin asked for a kids menu. He always does. The greeter asked if he was 10 or under. He said no, 13. She said they have kids meals for free for 10 and under when parents eat. I said ok, charge us for the kids meal then because he won't eat any of the huge meals they have. I hardly eat all of the meals they have. The portions are just too big.

We got the kids menu, he ordered mini corn dogs (6 of them) and fries and we got the meal for free. He ate only the corn dogs, not the fries. This is how it usually goes. On other days, he has an appetite you wouldn't believe but HIS appetite not anything that would eat the food in portions they have. He has days where he eats and days where he picks at everything. We never know from one day to the next what his eating habits are gonna be. What do I do about restaurants in the future, especially when he's 14, 15 and 16 years old and he's still eating off the kids menu? This surely cannot continue. He is very picky so something I would want off the menu isn't something he may want so sharing a plate would probably not work. We do not want to NOT include him either. Any suggestions?
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Jenniferhmsharmony on December 31st, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Not sure how helpful this is, but I remember reading in an article that one way to ensure you eat healthy portions is to ask the waiter to box up half of your meal before they even serve it to you. Maybe you could do the same with Dustin when he has to start ordering off the regular menu?
Kim: (Merlin) Gwen2cifan70 on December 31st, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
I never thought about that. It's worth a shot. Thanks for the input.
j'aime le yaourt. c'est bon pour la santésoup_lover_9 on January 1st, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
You can also ask for the lunch-sized portion (even thought it's not lunchtime), since those are smaller than the dinner portions. But they still charge you the dinner price.
Kim: (Twilight) Rob1cifan70 on January 1st, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
I do that at a couple of restaurants but at this particular one, their lunch portions are even huge. Their burgers and such. They have a wonderful Monday thru Friday soup and sandwich lunch but you can only get it until like 4 pm and we were there after that time.

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Kim: (SV) Chloecifan70 on December 31st, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
It is partly the meds or mostly the meds that messes with his appetite. He eats every hour on the hour. We cannot keep food in this house.
ckllckll on December 31st, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
Have a happy 2012 ♥
Kim: (Merlin) Merlincifan70 on December 31st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You too.
Adommy-Fangirl: Avery/Sloan - Handsbm_shipper on December 31st, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hm... about Dusting: Sometimes even I still eat "kids menue" because I'm not a big eater at all... but some restaurants won't give the kids menue to "adults"... some will... so it's hard to say what you can do... *hugs*

I wish I had suggestions... maybe in the future you can ask for a "half menue" or just explain that he doesn't eat much normally?

I mean, that's what i do and I mostly wouldn't be able to finish a "whole" menu, so I know what you mean... *crosses fingers for you* Hopefully others here will have good advice for you!
Kim: (Stock) Bambicifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do know some adults that order off the adult menu. This restaurant has free kids meals though where other places charge like 3 or 4 dollars for them. This is my issue. They don't think it's fair that he eats for free when he isn't 10 or under. I agree but I am lost in what to do.

I tried explaining that he doesn't eat anything and we still got the meal for free but for the future, I don't know.

Thanks for the advice.
Audreyluvforever on December 31st, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Honestly-I used to wait tables and we had adults order off the kids menu frequently. As long as they aren't the only person eating-many places will overlook it.

I also think the suggestion of boxing up half the food isn't bad. Or depending on what Dustin likes to eat-appetizers are sometimes a good choice because they are generally cheaper and contain a little less food than a meal.
Kim: (Glee) Rachelcifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think the waitress overlooked it but the greeter that seated us did not. We still got it for free and this place has them for free. Others don't.

Appetizers are a good suggestion though. I'll mention it to my husband and see what he thinks. The less hassle the better.
Sere "瀬玲奈"serepink on December 31st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Heeey! :D First of all, happy new year! :) Thank you for posting those friending memes, I love them and left a few messages :)
Kim: (Merlin) Merlincifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Happy New Year to you too.

No problem. Spreading the love.
hummingfly67: Castle CB hug bw 3.17hummingfly67 on December 31st, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links to the friending memes!

RE: dinner & Dustin. You could try calling the restaurant ahead of time, give them a quick summary of your situation and feel them out on options?

Kim: (Castle) Stana Photo1cifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
No problem.

That's an idea too. There are only a couple of places in town that have the free kids meals. The others charge for them.
Meegan: Meegealasaid76 on December 31st, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Kim, I hope things get better next year. I'll be thinking of you and your family. {{}}
Kim: (Simpsons) BartStrutcifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
That's what she said.scatterbrain___ on December 31st, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I think just bringing home the food he doesn't eat is a good idea. I can never finish the portions they bring in one sitting and I usually just eat them later. Otherwise, you could just order appetizers for him, since those are usually a bit smaller and come without a side item. I guess it really depends on what restaurant you go to.
Kim: (Doctor Who) Tencifan70 on December 31st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
The appetizers thing is a good idea. I am running that one by the hubby later and see what he says. I usually end up bringing food home and taking it for lunch the next day, however I don't see Dustin eating leftovers.
misspopuri: pretty gwenmisspopuri on January 1st, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Even though neither of my brothers are autistic, they do that sometimes with their food. Gorging on leftover food from the kitchen seems to be one of my brothers things after coming home from a friend's house or band gig. As he gets older and his food tastes develop, I might suggest putting anything you want to take for your lunches that were last night's dinner in a lunch box and covered. Of course, I don't know how well Dustin is at respecting boundaries, but it is worth a shot.
Kim: (Harry Potter) Harrycifan70 on January 1st, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Dustin isn't a leftover person and sometimes neither am I. He doesn't respect anything. If he sees it and wants it, he takes it. It's getting frustrating.