This has got to be one of my favourite phrases for parents who struggle to get the children eating variety.
So many parents tell me that their kids don't eat veggies. And when I ask "which ones do you serve them?" They reply " oh, I don't give them any as they don't eat them".
And I get it, I do. It's so frustrating to serve food that you are pretty sure will get rejected.
It's demoralising to throw away yet more food.
It can be frightening when we offer something that may result in the rest of the meal being rejected. Or triggering a tanty or a meltdown.
It's always, always going to be easier to serve a favourite.
I think of offering food like offering a book. We give our children books well before they can actually read them. We never say "well they can't read so there's no point in giving them a book".
However, the earlier we offer the book and the more often we offer them the more chance we have of raising a child that loves reading.
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.