Foodie Philosophy

  1. My children don’t eat foie gras on their morning toast, nor kobe beef for dinner. They are foodies in the sense that they are exposed to foods from all over the world and enjoy eating many (but not all) of them.  Like everyone else, they have some food aversions.
  2. They must take a bite of something before they tell me they don’t like it. I have occasionally forced a taste of food into my resistant daughter’s mouth, because I knew once she got a taste of it, she would devour it. I am successful about 90% of the time.
  3. Higher quality food is usually more expensive. We have decided that it is worth the investment for our family.
  4. My children like chicken fingers, french fries (I’d worry a bit if they didn’t), hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza. I simply choose not to give them this option all of the time when dining.
  5. When I do give them that option occasionally, it is usually “high quality” junk food (e.g., nitrate free, grass-fed, poultry or veggie vs. beef, etc.)
  6. I am a firm believer in moderation and not restricting my children from any food completely. I think that has the potential to backfire. I speak from experience of my own childhood.
  7. I frequent a lot of restaurants that don’t have children’s menus. I might order off the regular menu and have leftovers for another meal or two. I might have my children share. I might order an appetizer for them. Or, we order family style and all dig in together.
  8. When we visit a restaurant with a children’s menu, I often still order off the regular menu because of a healthier, more interesting option.
  9. My children are young, and I feel no guilt about using deception tactics to get them to eat something. Many proteins are referred to as “chicken.” My parents did it to me, so I am just continuing the tradition.
  10. I often give my child the option of two things that I have pre-selected as things I think she would like, but that also have nutritional merit.
  11. The majority of food (e.g., dairy, proteins, and produce) we eat at home is organic. This really isn’t as much of an option when dining out, and I am okay with that.
  12. Dining with your kids should be much more than just filling bellies. There is so much to teach them when dining, whether it is communication skills with other people at the table, table manners, customs from other countries, math when paying the check, and much more.

 

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