Happy Halloween! I have a cute little Princess Jasmine and Lightning McQueen at my house ready to trick or treat. We’ve already been to a couple of parties and the night of Halloween is their last chance to dress up. I’m even getting into the spirit by dressing up myself!
So this week we are keeping it simple with the exciting return of chili. For more menu plan ideas, see Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking This Week
Monday: Pollo Asado Bowl with toppings
Tuesday: Greek Pita Pizzas with smoothies and salad
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice (not just candy)
Thursday: Grilled trout with a spice rub, baked fries, and grilled asparagus, and fruit/veggie salad (kids make their own)
Friday: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with cornbread and fruit salad
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The problem with 3-year-olds
Little D is 3, and pickier than ever. The other day I served homemade garlic bread and he wouldn’t eat it because it had something green on it (parsley!).
I think the toughest part of this stage for parents is not knowing that things will change. Most resistant kids won’t stay that away unless we decide to make it an issue either by making them eat or catering to their constantly changing dislikes.
I remember ages 3 and 4 being the toughest ages for Big A in terms of feeding. The difference with Little D is I can see the future through her. And it helps.
For the past year, she has not only shown more of an interest in food, she willingly takes bites most of the time. She used to take any encouragement from me as pressure but now I’m able to help her identify food she might like by comparing it to other items. (This is like X dish you like, but cooked a little differently.)
This isn’t to say that she eats everything now, but she has taken many little steps toward food acceptance. I think this slow pace, with steps backward at times, is the norm for most children. Kids do learn to accept new foods on their own, it’s just slower than we would wish.
Little D has made it his mission to get under my skin but I’m not falling for it! Sometimes he announces he will not eat the meal, and I let him know that he doesn’t have to eat, but he does have to sit at the table. (He always ends up eating at least something.) He insists that he doesn’t like a food I’m making and I tell him that he’s not the only one eating — and that I want to eat it too. (He usually ends up eating the food.)
I’m teaching him that the meals in this house don’t revolve around him, they are a family affair. He can politely say no thank you to something, but it’s not okay to announce his distaste for it because other family members enjoy eating it. His newest word is gross.
None of this is easy, but for me, it is easier the second time around. How about you?
The elections are coming up. I’m always torn on propositions because you read the “for” advertisement and it sounds good. Then you read the “against” advertising it that sounds right too. It drives me crazy.
But Prop 37 hits close to home because it’s about labeling food. In this case, genetically engineered foods. California could be the first state to require labels on food products to indicate if they contain GMO ingredients.
I’m in the process of doing my homework but wanted to know if any of you had thoughts either way. My plan was to include my findings in this meal plan post, but I need more time to do my research.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Have a good week!