40 Relatable Quotes about Kids, Eating & Food


quotes about kids and food

Looking for quotes about kids, eating and food that are too relatable? Check out this list of quotes about kids, babies and toddlers eating that just get it. It includes funny kids & food quotes, helpful quotes for parents feeding little ones, and quotes about messy and picky eating.

We are in the thick of it with kids eating around our house. With a toddler and baby, most of our day centers around eating and snacks. And obviously, everyone and everything is always at least a little sticky at all times.

I collected these quotes about kids, babies and toddlers eating for all the other parents in the trenches with us right now. If you have ever fed your kid, surely you’ll find a quote on this list that really hits home.

For me, the messy eating quotes and quotes about how you have to feed your kids every. single. day. were too funny because they were too, too true. My hope is that you’ll find some kids and food quotes on this list that also makes you laugh.

Plus, this list includes helpful and practical quotes for parents feeding babies, toddlers and picky eaters. It includes advice on kids nutrition and healthy eating, and quotes about food to share with your kids like “food should be fun” (Thomas Keller).

Most importantly, I found quotes to remind you that its okay if your kid doesn’t clean his or her plate.

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On to the kids and food quotes!

Funny quotes about kids and food

First up we have funny quotes about kids, food and eating. If you’ve ever fed a child before, you’re sure to get a laugh or two.

I put this first quote at the very top of this article because I felt it in my bones:

  • “I hate it when I make breakfast and then my family also wants lunch and dinner on that same day” –@IHideFromMyKids
  • “People will tell you that childbirth is the most painful thing you can experience but after watching my toddler try to pick up peas with a fork I’m not so sure” –@An Apple Hat
  • “There’s no such thing as a tough child – if you parboil them for seven hours, they always come out tender.” -W.C. Fields
  • “The age of your children is a key factor in how quickly you are served in a restaurant. We once had a waiter in Canada who said, ‘Could I get you your check?’ and we answered, ‘How about the menu first?” -Erma Bombeck
funny quote about having to feed kids food every day: "I hate it when I make breakfast and then my family also wants lunch and dinner on that same day" -@IHideFromMyKids

Having a baby and toddler, I really related to this next quote about how your second and third child don’t exactly get the same quality of service as the first.

  • “First child eats dirt, parent calls the doctor. Second child eats dirt, parent cleans out mouth. Third child eats dirt, parent wonders if she really needs to feed him lunch.” –someecard
  • “In case you ever wondered about the joys of parenting, my child just requested chicken nuggets, but with no chicken in them. “You can just take the chicken out.”” –@notmythirdrodeo
  • “My husband is a volunteer coaching 2nd grade basketball and out of nowhere on the of the kids burst into tears. When my husband asked him what was wrong, he said, “I’m just so hungry and I KNOW my brother is just sitting at home eating snacks.” –@not_thenanny

Baby and toddler eating quotes

Next on the list are quotes specifically about babies and toddlers eating. Feeding babies and toddlers is such a fun and frustrating part of parenting. Yesterday’s favorite food is today’s poison. Everyone is covered in yogurt.

But man, are they funny and it is such a joy to see them discover a new food. These quotes capture that ridiculous experience it is to eat with a baby or toddler.

  • “Young children and chickens would ever be eating.” -Thomas Tusser
  • “My 1.5 year old had a meltdown because I wouldn’t let him sleep with a large spinach leaf, in case you’re wondering what having kids might be like” – @AnAppleHat
  • “I asked my 3 year old why she was wearing a bathing suit to dinner as if I’ve never met a toddler before” – @Real Life Mommy
quote about young children eating: "Young children and chickens would ever be eating." -Thomas Tusser

The last quote in this section about a toddler shotgunning an applesauce pouch is too, too spot on.

  • “Sometimes babies, toddlers and big kids need to see a given food 15-20 on their plate before they’re willing to eat it” – Feeding Littles
  • “Being a toddler must be wild. Imagine thinking your own mother is trying to poison you when they give you a homemade vegetable quesadilla then going and eating the dirt out of a potted plant instead” – @AnAppleHat
  • “All the baby books tell you that infants need to eat every 2 to 3 hours, but what they fail to mention is that this behavior continues until the child turns 18 and moves out of your house” – Twitter
  • “Watching my kid shotgun an applesauce pouch and thinking about her college years” –@michimama75

Messy eating quotes

This quote from novelist John Galsworthy is not about kids and food, but it applies so well to a baby learning to eat

  • “Beginnings are always messy” —John Galsworthy
  • “Every parent becomes a hostage negotiator when their toddler seizes an open bottle of syrup” – @Dad_at_Law
quote perfect for toddler and babies messy eating: "Beginnings are always messy" —John Galsworthy
  • “I’m going to cut out the middle man tonight and just throw dinner on the floor” – @lindafruits
  • “If parenting books were realistic, they’d be like ‘you’re going to be scraping food remnants out of a high chair every day for the near future and you’ll probably want to cry about it.'” – @AnAppleHat

Food quotes for kids

Here are some quotes about food and eating to share with your kids. Some will make them laugh and others will hopefully help instill the joy in food, which I know is one of my personal parenting goals.

  • “Food should be fun” – Thomas Keller
  • “Children who grow what they eat will often eat what they grow” – Melanie Charlene
  • “The goal isn’t a clean plate. The goal is raising a generation of eaters who know how to listen to their bodies.” – Feeding Littles
quote about food to share with kids: "The goal isn't a clean plate. The goal is raising a generation of eaters who know how to listen to their bodies." - Feeding Littles

For real, my baby can’t be the only one that needs to hear this quote about why eating soup with a fork is perhaps unadvisable.

  • “Eating soup with a fork: slow and messy.” – Peter Schoomaker
  • “Life is short, lick the bowl” – Unknown
  • “Cooking is love made visible” – Unknown
  • “People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

Useful quotes about kids, food and eating

Net we have practical quotes about kids eating for parents in the thick of it. They include tips on how to encourage more adventurous eating.

  • “The way you teach a child to eat well is through example, enthusiasm, and patient exposure to good food. And when that fails, you lie.” – Bee Wilson, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat
  • “Babies do not need bland foods. If we want to help them develop a broad palate and an openness to a wide variety of foods, start offering flavorful foods early and often.” – Solid Stars
  • “If you pressure your child to eat more, they will often eat less” – Solid Starts
quote about child learning to eat: "A child can't learn to like a food they are never offered" - Solid Starts
  • “Anything can start to taste good if you have enough positive memories of being fed it by a parent.” – Bee Wilson, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat
  • “Serving at least one food your child likes at all meals and snacks isn’t catering, it’s honoring their need for time to learn to like new foods” – Kids Eat in Color
  • “A child can’t learn to like a food they are never offered” – Solid Starts

Picky eating quotes

Many kids going through a picky eating stage at some point in childhood. If you’ve ever struggled with picky eating, then this section of quotes is for you. Below are picky eating quotes that are all too relatable.

  • “Kids will be the pickiest eater you know and then casually dip their garlic bread in a glass of orange juice and eat it” –@missmulrooney
  • “Thoughts and prayers for my kid please, the cheese was hanging over the edge of his sandwich.” –@deloisivete
  • “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.” – @KevintheDad
quote about kids picky eating: "Someday, God willing, I will attend my children's weddings, refuse to eat what they serve, and demand butter noodles and nuggets." - Molly McNearney
  • “I like to feed my kid balanced meals from the 4 toddler food groups: 1. things he ate yesterday that he refuses today; 2. things he doesn’t want but I’m hoping to get him to eat anyway; 3. Things he thinks he wants but will spit out after one bite; 4. goldfish crackers” – @notmythirdrodeo
  • “Someday, God willing, I will attend my children’s weddings, refuse to eat what they serve, and demand butter noodles and nuggets.” – Molly McNearney
  • “I can’t wait until my kids have a place of their own so I can come barging through their door & say ‘what’s for dinner? I don’t like that. Can you give me money for McDonald’s'” – @sarcasticmommy4

Quotes about children, nutrition and healthy eating

Lastly, we close this list of kids eating quotes with quotes about children’s nutrition and healthy eating.

I personally really feel the Winston Churchill quote about the greatest societal investment being putting milk in babies, having had a formula-fed baby during the formula shortage.

  • “Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high.” – Anne Mulcahy
  • “We give the child nourishing food so that his little body may grow, and in just the same way we must provide him with suitable nourishment for his mental and moral growth.” – Maria Montessori
quote about teaching kids about food and healthy eating by Bee Wilson: “It is possible to educate children in the pleasures of food; and that doing so will set the children up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Feeding is learning.”
  • “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.” – Winston Churchill
  • “It is possible to educate children in the pleasures of food; and that doing so will set the children up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Feeding is learning.” – Bee Wilson, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

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About the Author

Elizabeth Jon is a Ph.D. researcher whose work focuses on pregnancy and education. At Shoestring Baby, she uses her skills to research baby name trends, in-depth baby gear reviews & money savings ideas for parents.

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