Thursday, February 27, 2014
I'm happy with the types of eaters our kids have become. We now have three kids who will eat salad!! This is a huge accomplishment. And two who actually like it (Buddy and Little Guy). Kid number four only has 10 teeth so I'm not pushing salad on him yet. Growing up I had a best friend who would sneak food and eat it in her room leaving wrappers all over the place so her parents wouldn't see them. I'm not talking teenage/eating disorder stuff, I'm talking when we were little kids and it was fun snacks/Halloween candy. This always bugged me. We definitely had struggles with getting our kids to eat what we wanted them to eat, but they've always been okay eaters. Each with their own distinct preferences. (Little Guy hates beans and cheerios but loves fruits and veggies. Princess Sparkley is not a big fruit eater, hates tomatoes, and will now eat lettuce and carrots. Buddy LOVES fruit but isn't a huge fan of tomato sauces. They all initially hated soups and casseroles but have come around to liking them.) I didn't make them separate meals and I didn't force them to eat what the adults were eating if they didn't/wouldn't like it. We adjusted our meals down to little kid taste buds. If the adults were having tacos, the kids had quesadillas. If the adults were having a pasta dish, the kids had plain noodles and cheese. It worked for us, and in the long run, I'm happy with where we are now that the older kids are 11, 9 and 6. Plus, they don't sneak food. They always ask if they can have something and this isn't anything that I ever really required, they've just always done it. I love parenting good kids!