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"Not my favorite" side dishes and meals get served every week and sprinkled in when I am in the mood to eat something different. While I may acknowledge that it is a bummer you are not crazy about the asparagus I put on your plate, I will still make you eat some without complaint.
My children's three grandmothers all have this desire to "spoil" my kids with food. They love to hand out treats and bring an assortment of goodies every time they visit. Did I mention we have three grandmothers?
For some young kids, it's not "just a phase."
On a scale of one to ten, how much pleasure do you get from planning, cooking and eating meals? Do you sometimes 'forget' to eat, or is that idea preposterous to you? Have you ever wondered why people approach food so differently?
Knowing the realities of feeding kids helps everyone enjoy mealtime a bit more. Because when things get off track, you will resist blaming yourself and your kid. And you can get back to the tough and rewarding job of feeding little ones.
But the truth is, we need to stop thinking that feeding our kids well is about food, because it's not. Feeding our kids well is about raising our kids well, and we do that by teaching them good habits.
It was Cultural Heritage Day at my son's school and for lunch, parents brought in food from their nationality. As one boy sat down to his plate of unfamiliar food, he started to cry. I went up to him to see if he was OK and he said: "I don't like this food."
I couldn't shake the feeling that my daughter's picky eating was the result of something I did. Was I a good enough cook? Was I making the food "fun" enough? Was "I" enough?