When possible, avoid the easy out. Our family does not create a second meal on the days we have gotten it all wrong with the kids. If there is always another option around the corner, it will be hard to convince them otherwise. Again, see my earlier comments about learning to live with disappointment and flexibility! On these occasions, I sometimes offer a healthy alternative when my children leave the dinner table and are still expressing their hunger. For us this might include a handful of nuts, olives, banana with almond butter, applesauce, or carrots.
Stop searching for your children’s favorite foods, as what we feed children influences what they like. Their food preferences will prevail over time as we expand their horizons. If children are given the same foods over and over again, this can lead to a small list of foods they are willing to eat.
Feeding kids is easy…said no parent ever! As a mom and student, I know feeding our kids is challenging and requires a significant investment of our time and resources. Parenting has a steep learning curve and shifting your child’s relationship with food will not happen over night. Please know all parents are making compromises.
Thanks Ashley for sharing your brilliant ideas. Find more on her site Vibrantly Healthy Kids.