Parents are doing their best to make sure their kids eat right, but sometimes children will have their own opinions of what is essential in their daily diet. Kids like what kids like, and trying to reason with them that a banana is better than a chocolate bar as a snack is like trying to reason with an angry bear, while covered with honey, and holding their cub. Below is The Food Pyramid, according to kids.
The Food Pyramid According to kids comes to us from How to be a Dad, a wicked-awesome site about being a Dad, and is chalk full of parenting tips for dudes. Seriously, I love this site.
NOTE FROM THE CREATOR OF THE PYRAMID:
“Not all of these categories and examples will apply to every child’s preference and opinions. For example, some kids might consider M&Ms more properly placed in the Portable category rather than Chocolate. Some may not like peanut M&Ms, considering them “healthy.” And some may not like chocolate at all, in which case, check for a battery slot, your child may not be real…” ~Andy
Does the above describe your kid?
As a foodie, having a 20 month old daughter who throws food on the floor drives me NUTS! Now she is also starting to occasionally get a little picky about what she eats. Please, for the love of all things holy, don’t let her turn into a chicken strip and ranch dressing kid…
Some parents have decided to hide real food inside kid friendly food. They will puree vegetables and add it to macaroni and cheese. They will make spinach brownies. As good as these ideas are, it doesn’t really solve the issue and teach healthy eating habits.
TIP: One idea is to involve your child in the shopping and cooking process. Get them to pick out some fruit or vegetables at the grocery store. Make a project of it. Have them work with you and prepare the food. They will appreciate it more and have a better understanding of healthy habits. When my wife and daughter pass the fruit vendor on our street, she (my daughter) will usually pick out something and get to try it out when they get home. If this still doesn’t work, just think, revenge will come when they have kids of their own…