Mothers’ ordinary struggles are timeless
How many of you have memories of your mother telling you, “finish your dinner. Do you know how many children in *#*#* are starving?” It was one of my mother’s favorite go to’s! Mothers have been battling balky bambinos to eat their dinner since the beginning of motherhood. Just take a look at this 1970’s commercial for LIFE CEREAL https://youtu.be/CLQ0LZSnJFE
Coincidentally, my cousin sent me an Email the other day coining sentiments from most baby boomers’ childhood. After reading it, I felt inclined to approach finicky eaters once more. Previously posting on this subject, https://agramblog.com/in-the-kitchen/how-your-finicky-eaters-are-willing-to-experiment-with-foods/, I focused the conversation on convincing our children to eat with less conventional methods.
For instance, rather than saying, “You’re going to sit there until that spinach is all gone”, my finicky eaters post suggested more of a compromising situation. “Why don’t we try it this way?” Parents Magazine article advises five strategic tips on convincing your child to be more open minded. https://www.parents.com/recipes/scoop-on-food/5-strategies-to-help-your-child-try-new-foods/
Mother’s tricks to trick you into eating
What was your mother’s go to trick for the dinner table troubles? For example in the movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY, the mother persuades her son to eat mashed potatoes and meatloaf by portraying a pig eating from the trough. “Oink, oink 🐷 yum, yum lol
Of course, I am not condoning or condemning her strategies. After all, we are all guilty of resorting to reciting “chug-a-chug, a chug-a chug-choo-choo” as we descend the spoon down into the mouth or sometimes the chin of our child.
So, What’s Mothers to do?
Honestly, I am still fighting the finicky eaters battle in our family. My children were brought up via the old school home schooling philosophy. The grandchildren are another story!
Consequently, dinner time at our house is served in two or more sittings. Depending on the menu, the adults’ plates contain the full course, a couple of the children sample some of the items, and the rest of the kids keep to their tried and true picks. Chicken nuggets, pizza bites, and hot dogs minus any sort of sides stand at the ready nightly.
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