Tuesday, September 16, 2008

6 Food Mistakes Parents Make

I enjoyed reading this article in the New York Times. I could sense that asking Mikey again and again to take a big bite of his savory tart instead of picking off just the olives was exasperating the issue. Nonetheless, I couldn't help myself.

When Mikey doesn't want to eat, Zack and I say things like, "Have a sip of soup and you can have another piece of bread." He use to love soup and now he isn't into it. I think we might be forcing it on him too much. Sometimes he sits down to dinner and just picks. Like tonight with the olives. It is so frustrating for me because I try and cook him nice meals.

Some nights, in desperation, I just make a quesadilla for him. Maybe he wants a "kid's menu meal." In the end, it doesn't matter what I put in front of him. If he doesn't want to eat, he doesn't want to eat.

It helps to read articles like these to remind me of techniques that don't come intuitively.

1 Comment:

ZenMama said...

I too saw that NY Times article -- I love that food topics like that are in the news -- I think they are helpful reminders for all of us.

To be honest, I'm guilty of the bribing thing - I TOTALLY do the "you need to do a good job with your _____" if you are interested in having dessert tonight. Horrible, I know! Yet it works - every time! Last night we went from them refusing to even try the green beans on their plates, to taking a couple bites (only because they wanted dessert), to deciding that green beans were actually alright. That never would have happened without the dessert incentive. No matter how many times I put it front of them.

It is a slippery slope - and I certainly don't want to be doing this always, but we are making progress. Sometimes that is all we can hope for.

Zen Mama Wannabe

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