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Getting kids to eat their vegPosted at 11:26AM, 16 April 2008 by Jenni Muir - Food writer
My mother is visiting from Australia, so we get to hear all the old stories about my childhood again. Like how she trained me to eat peas. If I remember correctly, it wasn't the taste I didn't like so much as the difficulty I had getting them on the fork. So after some turmoil a rule was introduced. At first I had to eat one pea; next night, two peas; the following night, three peas. You get the picture. Last night I had 14,235 peas - no, I'm only joking.
Apart from that and what I would describe as the usual reticence with Brussels sprouts, there were no dramas about getting me to eat vegetables or fruit as a kid. Yet some people have so much trouble with it there are courses devoted to the subject, and a few colleagues are very taken with Lucy Thomas's recent book.
Is singing songs about cauliflower or any other food really the solution?
It's helped some anxious families, certainly. But is singing songs about cauliflower or any other food really the solution? Do they have to do it in any other country? When my sister had trouble getting her son to eat, they found the way forward was to dine as a family, rather than Ann feeding little Callum by himself and waiting to have her dinner later with her husband.
My mum reckons kids naturally copy what their parents do and the best way to teach them to eat properly is to eat with them. Most of my friends seem to feel the same way and, apart from careful restriction of sugary foods, seem to have a very relaxed attitude towards feeding their kids.
How have you tackled the challenges of getting children to eat veg?