In addition to TV, disposable diapers, and anything Disney, we can add one more thing to that ever-growing list of promises broken:
- Give him his own food if he doesn’t like what we’re eating
I said, to myself, "Our child will be open to all kinds of foods and there is no way I’m making that processed crap just to get him through dinner." I mean, you’d think a toddler would be thrilled with last night’s supper of broiled salmon, brown rice, and steamed asparagus served in a lemon/garlic vinaigrette, but not ours, apparently. Fortunately, he will sit and eat an entire box of blueberries if we let him so the blueberry producers of Quebec (and, ok, elsewhere) will be happy to know he’s keeping them in business for another year.
I thought it was a matter of perseverance but I guess that, week after week of being worn down by "NOOOOOO!!!", it’s a relief to see him happily chowing down peanut butter and jam sandwiches cut to look like dinosaurs.
There are several factors that influence a child’s eating habits: parents, peer group, mass media, etc. None of these, however, will be as influential as the 38 minute PowerPoint presentation I’m going to produce about the health benefits of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables in which I’ll droningly read bullet points that he can easily read himself.
I figure after sitting through one presentation, I can just threaten to make him watch it every time he doesn’t eat his vegetables.