I was working with a lovely couple recently and we were laughing about young children and how they get so determined about something and nothing will change their minds. Rationality often does not enter into it either!
So when our little one says no to a proffered food what does it actually mean?
I have some options. Which applies will depend on the day, the hour, the weather, what they are wearing and how little you're able to cope ;)
a) I'm not hungry
b) I am hungry but I don't want that
c) I wonder what will happen if I say no
d) That looks funny so no
e) I'm tired and I feel terrible
f) I'm too hungry to eat
g) I want to play
h) It's too hot
i) It's too cold
j) It's too big
k) It's not beige
There are probably a whole host more too. Which is why it's so important that we don't take a no as "I don't like that and will never eat it".
No always means "not at the moment". This applies to older kids and sometimes partners too :)
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.