So Mother’s Day has ended, and it’s back to the realities of motherhood that can sometimes drive us a little batty. Ask any mom about her biggest daily parenting challenge, and the answer is very likely food related.
A couple of weeks ago I was a guest at a picky eaters workshop that was led by San Diego pediatrician and mom of a picky eater, Dr. Jaime Friedman. You may be thinking (as I did), if a pediatrician struggles with picky kids, what chance do the rest of us have to “fix” our own children?
What I realized during the workshop is that kids don’t necessarily need to be fixed! Most are actually getting the appropriate calories and nutrition during the week, even if each and every meal is not the rainbow of foods we aspire to deliver.
It’s kind of refreshing that doctors experience the same parenting concerns that we do. Dr. Friedman says kids are just that way… changing their interest in foods, going through growth spurts and slow downs, “grazing” enough during the day that they are not hungry for the dinner put in front of them.
Did you know that most two-year-olds experience decreased appetites? Did you know that breastfed babies get the benefit of more exotic flavors, meaning they may be more likely to appreciate a variety of solid foods? Here’s a bit more from Dr. Friedman:
I remember when my own kids were toddling around, seemingly never hungry, always on the go, a “trick” that worked for me was to simply create a mini smorgasbord and just leave it out so that they could graze when ready. They did not want to sit and eat an actual meal, but everything that I put out for the smorgasbord was usually eaten. It was nice to hear that my strategy was physician-approved. 🙂
Jimbo’s sponsored our picky eater event and is offering a free “cook with your kids” class at each of their 5 San Diego locations next Wednesday, May 20th. Shopping and cooking with children is another great way to encourage them to try new foods.
Check out all of Dr. Friedman’s picky eater tips on the Children’s Physicians Medical Group blog, and share YOUR questions, struggles and suggestions for a chance to win a $50 Jimbo’s gift card. One reader who comments below will be randomly selected to win later this week.
Good luck and happy week after Mother’s Day!