By Summer Miller | Photography by Alison Bickel
“Ya, I’m not eating that,” my five-year-old daughter says while boldly proclaiming her disgust for all things broccoli. The problem is she does like broccoli. She just doesn’t like it on this day when she is tired and adjusting to kindergarten, new friends and teachers. She simply isn’t willing to try one more new thing. Frankly, I can’t blame her; I’ve had many days like that myself. We’ll try broccoli again next week or maybe on the weekend after she’s had a little more rest.
Every parent has been confronted with the mealtime battle. While feeding some children is, without question, more challenging than feeding others, there are a few tried and true ways to move the needle toward a healthier, whole food direction while keeping your sanity (mostly) intact.
Begin by having a conversation that includes the whole family. Explain that the kids and the adults are going to start experimenting and trying new foods: “Sometimes it will be fruit, sometimes it will be vegetables and sometimes meat. If you don’t like it, that’s OK, but the rule in our house from this day forward is that you have to … Read More