A friend of mine mentioned, after I commented on Facebook "Stop playing the game," of hiding veggies so your kids will eat them. She had a good point. Many young kids are not at an age of reasoning or understanding. So, you can't just explain to them that it is healthy, or explain to them about food waste, or even make strong stands to some regard. It becomes a fight, and sometimes it's just not worth the battle, and you want them to actually eat. Otherwise you set yourself up for the possibility of a crabby, hungry, baby later in the day. Not fun!
But, I truly believe a couple of things when it comes to feeding our children.
I am sure some of you are asking yourselves, "What does she know about picky eaters?" Oh, but I do. Based on my own personal experiences with my two very different children and their very different dietary upbringings, I have my theories.
My Family Case Study: A Story of Two VERY Different Eaters From the Same Family
From the time I knew I was pregnant with my first I became a crazy nutrition freak (I was already partially there, this just threw me over the edge). I had a goal; to help my daughter develop a palate for healthy, natural foods. I took this very seriously, a little obsessive actually. I followed quite a bit of the Weston A price Foundation nutrition guidelines back then.
The other side of our story, is M2. I would like to say we were as dedicated with M2 and her palate, as we were with M1. There were many things that we did the same.
What to do next?
M2 had developed a picky, junk food diet. I am embarrassed to say. I knew it needed to change, now! She was 2 1/2 now, and pretty set in her ways. I knew it was going to take some patience, work and dedication to change things. I looked back into what I had done with M1, and tried to start from scratch.