Both my sons have birthdays in Dec. Someone didn’t plan that awfully well 😉
My youngest asked whether he could invite 5 friends over for a sleepover and host it earlier, before the madness of the end of term etc. I agreed so Saturday we had 7 boys at our place.
They went out in the afternoon, so I prepared a light afternoon tea to tide them over until dinner.
I had hummus as a dip so chopped some raw veg and served with some rice crackers. I also sliced some strawberries and served with whipped cream.
I’m always fascinated to see what happens with a group of children and food.
All the strawberries and cream went, as did the rice crackers. There was a little hummus left and all the veggies bar some cucumber sticks disappeared.
Learnings from this:
If we want our children to eat more fruit and vegetables or any other food, we have to serve them more often. EVEN IF THEY DON’T EAT THEM. I know that sounds mad but trust me, it works.
3. It can take a frustratingly long time for our child to be able to eat some foods. But, it’s our job to ensure that they can. We are in charge of buying and serving so it’s our responsibility to offer the foods we want our child to eat. Stopping serving takes away our control.
4. If we consistently serve what we want eaten our child will be learning what a balanced meal looks like, even if they are not at the point of participating yet. I watch many adults who lack basic food knowledge as they didn’t have that education as a child. Let’s give our child the knowledge so when they do make decisions later in life, they are fully armed.
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.