This is a photo of my eldest Max and I'm about to share one of my favourite stories with you.
One evening when he was about 2 he said he didn't feel very well at dinner and then proceeded spew all over his chair - eeek! I cleaned him up and he seemed fine so I put him to bed.
The following morning I went to give him his porridge and he said "mummy, I don't feel very well can I have peanut butter on toast instead?".
Now at the time we only had toast - and therefore the peanut butter that he loved - at the weekends. So this for him was something I wouldn't normally offer for breakfast.
But he said he didn't feel well so the mother love came out and I made him peanut butter on toast. Short order cook anyone?
We went out, came back for lunch and I went to give him his chicken, rice and veg and he said (can you guess) YES, "mummy I still don't feel very well, can I have peanut butter on toast?"
Boom. I felt like I'd been slapped. This 2 year old had gone from eating whatever had been put in front of him to only wanting PB on toast in less than 24 hours.
These kids are master manipulators. Do not be taken in by the cute face, the big desperate eyes and the heart-wrenching reasons for not eating the food that's served :)
I was soooo glad Max did this and did it so early on. It put me on high alert lol. I am not a short-order cook and never will be.
As the parent I am in charge of what gets offered. He is in charge of what gets eaten.
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.