How to encourage child to eat vegetables
Today, I’d like to quote my sage friend Maria. We were talking last week about our children’s likes and dislikes of food.
Those with more than one child know that each child COMES with their own food temperament. Some children will eat whatever you put in front of them, with GUSTO! And ask for more.
Yet other children eat like a sparrow, barely touching the food on their plate and frustrating the hell out of parents worried their children are not consuming not only enough food but vitamins and minerals and all the goodness that food provides.
Other children determine that they will only eat certain foods and many parents give in despite all their good intentions just to ensure their children are eating something for energy.
Mealtimes and eating is certainly fraught with challenges in some households.
Maria’s tip for the day is that when children say “I don’t like tomatoes“
(or potatoes, or broccoli, or pumpkin, or spaghetti bolognese… Fill the gap yourself),
you simply say,
“You don’t like tomatoes YET“
Our job as parents is to keep giving them lots of varieties of foods to try, even when they say they don’t like something, to encourage an open-mindedness towards a broad range of tastes and flavours and cultures too. When we say ‘yet’, they are given a reprieve AND an opportunity to grow in the future.
Thank you Maria.