Hi mom friend!
You’re undoubtedly doing an awesome job raising your little cherubs, & knowing how important it is for them to munch down something nutritious at mealtime makes for a stressful table when they seem determined not to care.
I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to ditch some mealtime drama, to get some veggies into your child’s stomach without bringing on World War Three, and to be DONE with stressing over what your 3 year old will and will not approve of on his plate.
When you join the tiny tummy tales community, you’ll find support in ditching the picky eater fuss and in making mealtimes enjoyable for the whole family.
Feedback from community moms:
Was it really such a lofty goal? As a young mom, it seemed like getting my kids to eat healthy food should be simple! The hardest part would be finding my way through the mind numbing jungle of advice out there on the ‘best ways to feed your family’… right? The rest would fall into place, happily eating ever after!
Enter the cherubs.
As it turns out, not even all my research, pinning, and recipe attempts would translate into food from plate into stomach. Imagine! …So what’s a mom to do? The one bite rule? No dessert? Preach about the health benefits? Hide the veggies?
Though I’ve certainly used all of those tactics (See me raising my hand here!), what I’ve had the most success with is something totally different.
I set out to get them choosing healthy foods for themselves.
You know the Chinese proverb about the man and the fish?
“You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.
My version goes something like this:
“Hide the veggies and a child has broccoli in his stomach for a day. Teach him why he should choose the broccoli in the first place and he has awesome habits that will last his whole lifetime.”
I set out to get our kids on board with choosing to try new foods, embracing healthy foods as something awesome, and enjoying treats in moderation. And lo and behold, it has worked!
- As parents, we consciously model what we want them to copy
- By making a healthy food normal
- By offering choices- turns out it’s pretty effective!
- By looking for ways to make healthy eating fun in quick ways that an already busy mom could handle
- I welcome them into the kitchen (while staying relatively sane… stick around to learn how!) 😛
- And I tell stories. Stories to teach them the ‘why’. To get them on board & to offer them ownership of their own healthy eating choices.
It’s absolutely still a work in progress, and likely will never be ‘done’. But rather than dreading mealtime drama, we make food together and enjoy even veggie-filled meals of all kinds without a fuss… and you can too!
Every child can learn to enjoy healthy foods. Even yours 🙂
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