Those of us with kids who are, to put it mildly, a tad veggie-resistant often scratch our heads and wonder where we went wrong.
In my own case, I’ve long been baffled by my son’s (now lessening, but still an issue) vegetable avoidance, given that we’re clearly doing a lot right. For example, my husband and I love vegetables and have modeled our enjoyment of them since my son’s birth. Following what I believe is sound advice, I’ve tried (when humanly possible) not to make too big a deal out of it, lest our pressure backfire. In keeping with the notion that kids eat what they grow, my son has had the experience in school of growing his own vegetables — but nonetheless passes on a chance to taste the harvest. And, not to be immodest here, but I’m a pretty decent cook and my vegetable side dishes are, in general, tasty and kid-accessible.
So where did I go wrong? Turns out the problem is quite simple: I’m not French.
OK, I’m being a little glib here, no doubt because I’m feeling pretty bitter. Go check out Dina Rose’s fascinating post today on It’s Not About Nutrition, discussing why French kids may be eating more vegetables than your kids do, and what we can all learn from the differences between how the French and the Germans approach early childhood feeding. It’s such an interesting read.
And as for my son and the ways in which I may have failed him as an infant? Well, what can I say now except “C’est la vie?”
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