Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Do you have to force your kids to eat everything on their plates because they're so fussy? Perhaps they're fussy because you force them to eat everything on their plates. Oh, and those attempts to keep your kid thin with a strict diet is actually making him fat.
This is according to conclusions published by the American Dietetic Association (but hey, what the hell do they know?), which (surprise!) found "a correlation between mothers' pressure to eat healthy and children's degree of fussiness over food."
My kids are still pretty skinny, and I was also a skinny kid. I definitely wasn't allowed to leave the table until I was consumed everything on my plate, even if it meant sitting at the table long after everyone left the table, and the food turned into a cold, hard, congealed, lousy-tasting slop.
Back then, at least until I was in third grade, my mom was a stay-at-homer, so she was able to cook real meals every day. These days, with Jenn at night school a few times a week, I’m the guy preparing dinner for the kids. Sometimes, with the proper planning, I do a good job, but other days it’s more like pot luck: “Okayyyy...who wants...hot dogs and...little fruit cups of peaches and/or pears and...wagon-wheel pasta?”
I generally try not to sweat whether they've eaten everything, unless they insult my intelligence by claiming a full stomach by 6:00 and raiding the cabinets for snacks at 6:15. Of course, sometimes I'm the one who's raiding the cabinets myself, and it's getting more difficult to hide a fistful of Oreos at the dinner table!