Sunday, August 30, 2009

Where's the excitement in the kid's menu?

[Previously published for sfgate.com/moms]

My husband sometimes says to Mikey, "You're not going to like this, it's too spicy." I always interrupt a little irritated, "Let him try it and decide for himself." I think Zack has a preconceived notion that kids only eat bland and boring foods. I think restaurants think this way too.

We don't go out to eat often with Mikey but when we do I order off the kids menu. It's always the same old stuff like grilled cheese and pasta with butter sauce. I order it thinking that it's a treat, that I've deprived Mikey of what all other kids like to eat. And every time, Mikey tastes it and says, "no that, no that!" The food is boring and tasteless and he knows it.

Are kids not eating because they're picky eaters or do they
not eat because their options are always the same old boring meals?

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