Love It, Like It, Learning It Lunchbox:
Love It Foods: Babybel cheese, Annie's Homegrown farm crackers, nectarines
Like It Foods: mango, (golden) raisins
Learning It Foods: blanched green beans
Before & After Images:
Observations of an Apprehensive Eater:
Knowing how much your little one will eat is a never-ending wonder. I would've guessed my 2.5 year old ate much more than this, but clearly -- she didn't.
While it is important to provide adequate amounts of nutrient-dense foods for your kiddos, it is equally important to equip them with the self-efficacy to decide if and when they are full. This is one of the hardest things for me, and I presume other fellow moms, to relinquish control over. We assume we know better than our kids how much their bodies need to eat to feel full, satisfied, and well-nourished. How backwards is that?!
While there are a lot of things we as parents DO know better than our kids, how to regulate their appetite and food intake is not one of them. In posts shared on the Division of Responsibility in feeding, I address the expert approach first introduced by Ellyn Satter that addresses this very issue. In Satter's evidenced-approach to raising "competent eaters," we have to remember and remain confident in our role/responsibilities as the parent versus those of the child. If we don't, how many food wars will we have at each meal, each day, for all the years to come?
So instead, let's heed the advice of Ellyn Satter that reminds us of how our kids know their bodies better than we do:
"If you follow the division of responsibility with feeding and activity, she will eat, move, and grow in the way that is right for her. She can even make up for her mistakes in eating. Raise your child to be competent with eating. Rather than reacting when she eats a lot--or a little--keep your nerve, hang on to structure, and preserve her sensitivity to her internal sensations of hunger, appetite, and satiety. She will do well with her lifetime of eating much as she needs and weighing what is right for her body."