Before & After Lunchboxes

Love It, Like It, Learning It Lunchbox:

LOVE IT FOODS: strawberries, pineapple, Horizon organic cheese stick (cut into cubes)

LIKE IT FOODS: peas, Crunchmaster whole grain crackers

LEARNING IT FOODS: ants on a log (PB with raisins on celery)



Before & After Images:

Observations of an Apprehensive Eater:

Ants on a log is one of those things like PB&Js that prior to having kids, I just assumed EVERY kid was born with an appetite and affinity for. No surprise, my oldest daughter has since proven that theory wrong. While I have only been able to get her to eat a PB&J when one of her bestie's moms made it for the girls I have NEVER had success with ants on a log. She's asked to eat peanut butter off of a spoon unexpectedly while making DIY bird feeders from pine cones, but that process has never translated to her eating it when actually offered it while building ants on a log.

So what is a mom to do?

Take it from an excerpt from Ellyn Satter's book, "Child of Mine" that gives such a good reminder to the visual of a kid trying to process that taste and texture of eating peanut butter on their tongue:

"Keep in mind, she is merely skeptical, not rejecting...She may put some of it in her mouth - and take it out again...this maneuver is very discouraging because it looks like food rejection. It is not. It is the toddler's way of gaining comfort with the food. She puts it in her mouth, examines the taste and texture, and then takes it out again, only to do it again at another meal - and another and another..."

I have too often mistaken rejection for skepticism, haven't you?

Here is a little humor to remind you -- encourage your kids explore and dare I say, "play with their food!" It is a messy but completely age-appropriate response to examining new foods, so try to take it light-hearted and laugh about it whenever possible.