Ah, if I had a penny for every parent who tells me how challenging dinner's/tea/main meals are in their house I would be a rich woman!
Almost every parent who struggles to feed their kids has the most problems around the main meal of the day.
Why is this?
I think it's a combination of reasons:
1. Tired. Especially young or very active children. By dinner they are just done.
2. Over it all. Most of us get to this point around the time when dinner needs to be on the table. And this is more true of children who are often over-tired but also over-stimulated.
3. This is where all the healthy food gets served so there is a lot of pressure to eat.
4. Distractions. There are far more exciting things to focus on than dinner.
But also I find that in most cases dinner isn't actually the problem. It's a combination of what's happening elsewhere in the day that then impacts on this enormous pressure-keg that dinner becomes. Some things that can help enormously:
1. Feed nutrient dense foods at other times during the day. It makes dinner less "important".
2. Make sure it's early enough so the littlies are not too tired.
3. Don't overstuff them at afternoon tea. Hungry is good.
4. Make meals into a pleasurable experience rather than an opportunity to feed.
Are dinners your nightmare too?
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.