My wife and I love to cook, and we go out of our way to make meals we think our kids will like – or at least eat! But time after time we find ourselves dumping untouched food into leftover containers, or worse, into the trash. Our children seem to eat nothing but macaroni and cheese, and we’re worried that they’re not getting what they need in their diets. What can we do?
This may not make you feel any better, but I’m betting that every parent reading this column is nodding his or her head in agreement. Apparently all our children got the same memo.
Your job as a parent is to encourage healthy eating habits and to provide a good variety of healthy foods. Of course, as you know, providing it and getting the kids to actually eat it seem mutually exclusive. Not to worry. Research consistently shows that despite the frustrating appearance of the almost-untouched after-dinner plate, even the pickiest kids generally meet or exceed their recommended energy and dietary requirements. (After all, you don’t see too many kids keeling over from scurvy on the school playground, right?) The body automatically seeks out the nutrients it needs.