For me the picture says it all. Easter, for me, is like all the other main holidays of the year and is about family.
Unfortunately that is a very small family for us as all our relatives are overseas. But never-the-less it's where we have more time to just hang and enjoy each other's company (well mostly!)
If you have a selective eater it's really easy to get all caught up in the food side of things and begin stressing about what to prepare, what to take and how to tackle relatives.
My advice is always to forget about what your child does or doesn't eat on holidays. Give yourself a break from the worry and appreciate that if all they eat is crackers and air for a few days it is not going to change their lives (or yours).
If you're having a special dinner at home or at a relative's house then I recommend having one of their special foods on offer too. It's all about being relaxed and happy at the table and no one does that if there is nothing at the table that they enjoy.
On the other hand new social situations can often present new opportunities for our children to take steps forward. So leave those "doors" open for our child to accept something new.
If someone goes to offer them a food that is never accepted we shouldn't jump in (unless there are extreme food fears or phobias present). Let our children decide for themselves whether they want to try something or not.
You would not believe how hard this is to do.
In fact, let's set a challenge and see how many times we speak on our child's behalf around food over Easter. This is everything from telling the waiter "oh he won't eat it if the sauce touches the chips" to "oh, Simone won't eat carrots" to "don't serve James any fish because he doesn't like it".
Yes we know what our child eats as we've been feeding them for 2, 5, 10 years. But I can tell you an anecdotal story from pretty much every family that I work with that says if we consistently step back and don't make decisions for them then just every now and again they will surprise us.
And this goes for the most selective of eaters ....
Do you speak for your child?
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.