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When did my kids grow up? I’m a mom of an almost 12 year old and a 6 year old. They are hardly babies any longer; even if they do still like to cuddle with mommy.
I decided to pull out the baby book from my youngest’s first year and reminisce over all the “firsts.” You know, the first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, the first time the stand up and of course the first time they walk. I remember the days when they would try any food (or toys, noses, and anything that would fit in their mouth) you put in front of them.
Both of my kids were fond of yogurt as babies and I love that my kids have been able to grow up as YoBabies, YoKids and now big kids who enjoy their yogurt. YoBaby contains organic whole milk, real fruit and nothing artificial. It was a great first food by itself or mixed with other ingredients. I love mixing a little fresh banana and avocado during the early years.
I was having a discussion with a group of new moms recently about healthy eating habits, mealtime routines, and how we teach our children how to eat well. I read once that it can take 3-6 times of trying a new food before kids will actually enjoy the taste. I still encourage them to try new things and to continue to try dishes that they don’t “love” at first bite. They never have to eat it all and I never force them to eat. I love it when they turn their nose up at something at first sight; only to end up eating the entire plate and asking for seconds. Those are the moments when you know that your parenting strategies are actually working.
There are still times that our attempts will fail and our children will refuse to eat something. I know as a picky child myself, that I have many years of food battles ahead of me. Even dinner this week has been a struggle. One night I wanted to take them out to eat and all they wanted was peanut butter and jelly at home. Tonight I tried a new dish in honor of “Taco Tuesday” using up some leftover taco meat from last night. Instead of the regular ground beef and taco seasoning, I added frozen corn, black beans, and spinach. Then I topped it with tater tots, cheese, and baked it in the oven! My son loved it, my daughter picked at it.
Thankfully my daughter asked for some yogurt for dessert so I don’t feel bad that she didn’t eat her entire dinner. Sometimes you have to pick your battles and as long as she’s eating something healthy, I can’t complain.
What is your strategy with kids and food? If you’re a new mom and your kids are still little, do they love trying new foods? What was their first food?
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