Kids can be spontaneous, unpredictable and impressively resourceful, especially when they’re hungry. My two kids, aged two and three, are always up for a snack and resort to various tactics and behaviours to silence their grumbling tummies. Here are some of the more ingenious, hilarious and unscrupulous things my little ones have done to get their hands on some grub.
1. Emulated a seagull.
I frequently find myself at the park, sans snacks. Despite my kids’ very dramatic protestations of starvation, they refuse to leave the joy of the swings to head home for a sandwich. Instead they loiter around the kid whose mum is switched on enough to bring food. They attach themselves to the snacked-up kid like Velcro and stare at the plentiful lunchbox until the poor child is guilted into sharing their cheese and cabana sticks.
2. Charmed the barista.
There’s nothing like a cute toddler’s doe eyes to charm a barista into loading that babyccino with an extra marshmallow. My two-year-old has the routine down pat – smile, point to the marshmallow container then stick the bottom lip out ever so slightly and flash the baby blues. Works every time.
He's got it down to a fine art. Image: Supplied.
3. Unwittingly blown the budget.
Hungry toddlers are extremely adept at grabbing items off the supermarket shelf, when your back is turned, and trying to unwrap them in the trolley. I’m pretty sure I have bought $328 in unnecessary items from our local supermarket, thanks to my kid’s penchant for stealth eating attempts as we brave our way through the weekly horror of grocery shopping.