Saturday, July 24, 2010
What is This Weird Stuff on My Plate?
A little scary, huh? Any adult confronted with unidentifiable lumps would poke around with a fork, or ask someone what they were.
Children are born with instincts that protect them from eating poisonous plants. In prehistoric days, eating something without knowing what it was could kill you.
Children will be reassured if a trusted parent tells them a little bit about the food that they are eating.
Tips and Techniques
When you give your child a new food, tell her what it's name is. If she is getting artichokes for the first time, tell her that they are called artichokes. Add a few fun facts. Tell her that artichokes are a kind of thistle, just like the prickly ones in the back yard.
When you give your child a mixture of foods, like stew, stir fry, or casserole, identify the ingredients. Point at each ingredient and say "That's chicken, that's carrots, that's an onion. Your child will look relieved because she doesn't have to put an unfamiliar and potentially yucky food in her mouth.