[Sca-cooks] Feeding Kids Re: OT - Somewhat amusing
jo_foster81 at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 19 11:26:52 PDT 2006
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Call me a meaniehead, my children do, but my children also eat that which is
set before them. Period. No arguments.
Some may find my rule
harsh. It very likely is. I am fine with that.
The rule was developed at a time when we were financially not able to
provide alternate sources of nutrition for the children to choose from.
While we are significantly better financially more stable now, I still abhor
even the thought of wasting food. We just
dont. Fortunately, my own
children have never known true hunger, though there have been times when
they have eaten and I have not, so that I might hopefully still be able to
make that statement when my youngest graduates high school. If that smacks
I am fine with that too.
When I was a child, we were required to eat that which was set before us,
and also required to say "Thanks mom ... dinner was good", even if it was
the worst burned chili imaginable. This was driven by the you will eat it
and you will like it school of thought. It bears mentioning that there
were occasions in my childhood when we didn't have food. There were
occasions in my childhood that my brothers and I knew what it was like to
starve. For us, the phrase eat it or do without had true memory meaning.
For the growing of my own children, I have removed the second requirement.
They are told to eat it, but I will not tell them that they like it.
New foods are added periodically to the list of available meals produced for
consumption in my home. This list has been instrumental in the introduction
of many of the new foods. My children have become the unwitting test
subjects for most of the things I have served at SCA feasts. If the kids
dont like it, I assume that the populace probably wont like it either. As
new foods are introduced, the children are required to eat them, same as
always. AFTER the meal
we discuss if they liked or if they hated it, and
if they would like to see it on the table again. I do take these
discussions into consideration when planning what to serve at the family
Requiring them to eat what is set before them does not seem to have harmed
them. My eldest two are healthy, productive contributing members of
society, my younger two are healthy active teenagers. The older two were
not even sure what candy was when they were very young children. They were
never given candy as a food choice
honestly, we could not afford it. Much
to the amazement of some of the folk in Atlantia, when my eldest two were
presented with a choice between a wrapped candy and an apple, they would
select the apple every time. They did not learn what candy was until social
integration in the public school system. Of course, once they discovered
the joy of wrapped snacks, they shared this information with the younger
two. The introduction of wrapped snack food has made healthy choice in my
home more difficult as years progressed.
what a lovely soap box. Now where did that come from?
Jo (Georgia L.) Foster
jo_foster81 at hotmail.com
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