Monday I ticked over into a new half century. It was a real privilege to have come this far and still have health, wealth and happiness. It also caused me to reflect on all the positives I have gained in 50 years.
The most important were of course family and friends, my husband and my 2 beautiful boys right at the top of the list.
My life is intricately meshed with theirs and it's often challenging to establish who is most dependent on whom :)
Which brings me to my thought for the day. I always say that Max was my emotional barometer when he was young. If I was in a funk it affected him.
I'm not sure I am as powerful an influence now but still how I approach him and what he does will have an impact. And although he becomes more independent with every passing day my thoughts on food are still important.
Which brings me back to the original statement "how to worry our children".
As parents we are a powerful influence and the way we feel about food and feeding can have a tremendous impact on how our children approach eating.
The more we worry, the more this gets conveyed to our children. And as challenging as it is to not become worried when things don't go well, we have to be super careful not to convey this to our children.
Nothing will prevent our children eating well quicker than a parent who is stressed and emotional at the table.
Easier said than done I appreciate but it's always good to take a step back and think carefully about what we're communicating. Are we making food and mealtimes feel like fun or are they stressful, fractious events.
How loudly are we inadvertently communicating our fear. Think swimming, however nervous we are about our children being in the water we give our kids nothing but positive vibes to enable them to overcome their fear of the water.
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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.