I know from talking to parents on a daily basis that many have decided that multiple meals are a no-go. YES!!
- I think cooking more than one dinner per night should be illegal :)
How we do this though can have an effect on long term outcomes.
If we "dumb" down our dinners to suit our pickiest eater there are several knock on effects:
1. Our child has no example to follow. If we're serving everyone nuggets and chips then by default what our child gets used to eating and sees everyone else eating is only their favourite foods.
2. If we serve only our child's favourite foods they are not being given the opportunity to eat something new.
3. Most parents do not enjoy eating the same foods as their picky eater. This means that the pleasure goes out of eating for everyone. Parents role modeling joyful eating is very important.
I advise we do the opposite and set the bar high. We want our children chasing us and having a long-term goal to eat the variety of foods that we like to eat.
This doesn't mean that our child has to eat a Vichyssoise or starve :) But it does mean that we serve what we want to eat and give our child the opportunity to eat it.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.