So many of the parents who come to The Confident Eater are struggling with the evening meal.
Often breakfasts and lunches go fairly smoothly and then we hit dinner and the wheels come flying off.
I get asked all the time how to fix dinner time for parents.
As parents we have been working all day, slaving in the kitchen to get something delicious and nutritious on the table and then it gets refused.
Or we've given up and reverted to serving nuggets and cheerios as they get eaten.
But what I've found is that often the issues over dinner are about the whole day. What our child has eaten (or not eaten) earlier in the day can have a surprising impact on what happens at dinner.
What we have for breakfast can set us up for the day either positively or negatively. The amount we eat in the afternoon pre-dinner affects what gets eaten.
Throw in tiredness from all sides and suddenly the atmosphere changes.
And, more importantly dinner is the place that the nutrient dense food gets eaten. Where we serve the veggies and the meat and where everyone gets to refuel on the important stuff.
If it doesn't get eaten it puts so much pressure on everyone. And this is part of the problem. The more pressure on us and on our children then more likely that dinner will go pear shaped.
Resolving this can often be fairly simple. A few changes in the way we organise our day, schedule meals and approach dinner can result in really positive results very quickly.
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.