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I love your post.

Meg,
I have been reading and enjoying Too Many Chefs for some time now but I have never commented. Both my children are grown now but I know exactly how you are feeling about the loss of the special bond between you and your son, but you're right it will pass and there will be other great ways to have special times together. In just a couple of years he can start cooking with you and then the fun really begins. My 28 year old still calls me to ask how I prepared a particular dish, he loves to cook. I am an early child development professional and if I can give you one tip about feeding baby it's to remember that when introducing a new food often you need to offer it to your baby many times, 7 or 8 different feedings, with out forcing, before they acquire a taste for it. Many parents give up too soon on foods and they end up with children who have a limited variety of foods they will eat. Enjoy and give baby a hug for me.
Melinda

Melinda, thanks for the input! I will certainly bear it in mind as I really don't want to have a fussy eater.

My stepdaughter, who is nearly 12, has always been difficult and I've been dying to put into practice some of my theories about avoiding that. In her case, I think it's a combination of a mother who is by all reports pretty fussy herself and the UK culture where the child menu always consists of chicken nuggets, pizza or pasta. I also have a theory that the less you let the child know you expect him or her to reject something the less likely they are to do so. It seems to me that French children are less fussy than American or British ones precisely because their parents expect them to eat like adults from a very young age. There is an English speaking mothers' support group here in Paris and one mother recently commented on the web site about the fact that her 3 year old daughter stood out at school because she didn't know how to eat the mussels that were served at lunch! I think that's great!

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