By Lucy Brimble via SWNS
Half of mothers admit that they have eaten something that seemed inedible because their children had made it for them.
A survey of 2,000 mothers, with children over the age of eight, found that 46 percent had something cooked by their little one as a surprise, but were surprised by its unattractive appearance.
Exactly half of them felt compelled to eat what was cooked for them despite its shape, as their son or daughter insisted they sit with them until they finished.
In doing so, 82 percent said their children took this as a sign to make food for them more often.
It also emerged that 49 percent had previously pretended to eat a meal their children made for them, while 26 percent of those with dogs admitted they ended up giving it to the family animal.
The research, which was conducted by Ocado, found that 56 percent had previously cooked food for them on Mother’s Day — with birthdays, Christmas and Easter also among the most common occasions for this to happen.
To ensure mums are happy with their homemade meals this Mother’s Day, the online supermarket has teamed up with famed family recipe developer Claudine Pollstridge to create some simple and delicious breakfast recipes kids can make themselves.
Meals include “Mom Let’s” – a fun and exciting omelet that kids can decorate to look like their mom – rainbow yogurt popsicles with colorful fruits and seeds, and a three-minute microwave cup of toast with Nutella and raspberries.
“Cooking and eating together as a family is very important, but we know from our research (and experience) that children often need a helping hand when it comes to meal times.
“That’s why this Mother’s Day we created recipes that are not only exciting and easy for kids to make, but also delicious.”
“Save for later,” is the excuse 47 percent of mothers once used to get out of eating a meal cooked by their children.
And 57 percent suggested giving it to their partner instead as a way to cut back on his consumption.
Although they generally get away with it, 24 percent admit to having made their children upset by rejecting something of their own making.
Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) believe they will eat whatever their little one makes, no matter how unattractive it looks, because it would have been made with love.
Sandwiches, pasta, and fairy cake are among the most common foods babies cooked for their mothers, according to a OnePoll study.
And when preparing these meals, 66 percent say their kids never leave a pot or pan unused — which ends up with parents having to spend long periods in the kitchen clearing up clutter.
Laura Rowe added: “Our five kid-friendly, easy-to-follow recipes give kids an introduction to cooking so they can get hands-on this Mother’s Day.
“Whether they’re serving a masterpiece of omelet, or the perfect breakfast yogurt popsicles, we’re here to make sure kids and parents alike are proud of what’s on their plates.”