Anyone who works with me hears the phrase "open the door" about 10 times a session. What I mean by this is that we always need to provide our children with the opportunity to take a step forward in their eating.
If we say "oh no, she's too fussy she won't try that" we have not only shut the door but we've nailed it shut.
If instead we don't say anything and see what happens we have left the door open. Will our child step through it? Possibly. But one thing I know for sure is that we haven't inadvertently prevented something miraculous from happening if we just wait and see.
One of my boy's friends came over a few weeks ago and was hungry so I offered him a feijoa. He is often hesitant around new foods but knows I feel he should at least try. Lovely boy that he is he gave it a go. And LOVED it.
He is now eating them daily.
This may not have happened unless that door got opened. His parents never bought feijoa so he never had the opportunity to eat them. And that's life, we rarely buy things we are not familiar with or don't like ourselves.
He also wouldn't have tried the fruit unless there was that reason to do so. Seeing friends eating it would not have convinced him to try.
So let's take a moment to ask ourselves that question. If an opportunity presents itself are we leaving that door well and truly open?
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.