I’m a little late with my weekly meal plan due to some sickness. I didn’t get to the grocery store until Monday. It seems every time I wait to shop it rains. Not fun with two kids but thankfully I had a friend to help out.
For Mexican night (last night) we had carnitas which my husband really loves. We have that once every few months. I’m also going to try a new slow cooker recipe I saw in a magazine while waiting for an appointment. I frantically wrote it down on my iPhone. It’s not cool to tear out the page, right?
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What’s Cooking This Week?
Monday: Slow Cooker Carnitas tacos with all the toppings
Tuesday: Pasta and shrimp with salad and fruit
Wednesday: Chicken curry slow cooker and rice, broccoli parm
Thursday: Leftovers — whatever is in the fridge
Friday: Grilled Salmon, bean and corn salad, bread and fruit
Salad of the week: Orange Walnut Salad (I substitute feta for Gorgonzola)
Snack of the week: Homemade trail mix
Is there too much judgment when it comes to feeding kids?
On my facebook page a couple of weeks ago week I posted about a blog I came across (thanks to someone linking to my picky-eating series) about a mom admitting she feeds her kids “kid food” because that is all they will eat — waffles, mac and cheese, noodles, etc.
Why the confession? Because another mom judged her for feeding her boys waffles as a snack. Here’s a glimpse of how she responded:
So, yeah, in our house waffles are a snack. I would feed them waffles all day long if that’s what it took to fill their bellies. Why would anyone assume this is because I’m lazy, or haven’t tried other things?
The post ends with almost 200 comments, mostly from moms admitting that they too feed their kids foods that are less than perfect. They also don’t like being judged for doing so — and were relieved to know they weren’t alone. If you have time check it out.
The article discusses how food, as with many aspects of parenting, has become a hot ticket item, loaded with judgment. One reason I think food is such a sensitive topic is that parents understand that eating well is directly related to a child’s health. And I believe every parent, with very few exceptions, desires good health for their kids.
So when someone questions the food you are feeding your child, this translates to “you don’t care about your child’s health.” And this strikes a huge chord with parents.
This all reminds me of a conversation I had with a mom friend a while back. Her three year old would eat very little — and was very thin. I mentioned something about my favorite whole grain waffles and she said, “I used to try nutritious stuff like that, now I just want to get her to eat.”
It’s the hierarchy of needs. If your kid is eating decently well, you have the luxury of making nutrition a priority. But if they are barely eating and low on the weight scale — just getting food into them (any food) becomes the new goal.
Just the other night we had dinner over at my friend’s house. Her now 5-year old son who has always been notorious for eating everything all of a sudden wants kid food like mac and cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets.
This is why it’s important to have a long-term view of feeding. Kids will go through stages and how parents react to them makes a difference over the long-haul. I personally don’t think we have to choose between “healthy” and “kid food” – we can provide a variety of everything.
Because this is such a challenge for parents, I’m going to start a monthly series called, “Parents of Picky Eaters Unite” that will be posted the last Friday of every month (premiere scheduled for this Friday, March 25th). I invite other bloggers to post as well as I will have a link for you to share. I also ask readers to share their stories/experiences in the comments.
I will share stories, have guests on, provide evidence-based direction, discuss various feeding strategies and maybe laugh a little. I definitely think a good sense of humor is a must when feeding kids. And working together, instead of against each other, can only help.
Around the web
Angela from Mommy Dietitian is having a color challenge in honor of National Nutrition Month. She is asking people to take pictures of their colorful plates and post it on her Facebook page. The person with the most colorful plate will win a prize. I plan to post a colorful burrito soon.
Dr. Katja Rowell is hosting a Webinar on the trust model of feeding and adoption. She will discuss particular issues with adopted kids in terms of eating and the feeding relationship. If you are interested, check it out.
That’s it for now. I hope you have a great rest of the week!