Anyone who’s had more than one child can attest that kids come with their own quirks. Different temperaments, personalities, and needs. It makes sense then, that there’s no ONE, RIGHT way to parent. It takes an array of tools and approaches to be responsive when you’re dealing with different kids — or simply the mood of the moment.
We have some picky eaters in our family, and I’m not just talking about the shorter members. I wrote recently about the boundaries we’ve set as a family when it comes to eating dinner. Admittedly, those boundaries won’t work for every family, but they seem to work for us right now.
I was 24 when I got married.
That’s not old, I know, but considering the fact that I went to school in the state of Utah, where the median age for brides is the lowest in the nation, it felt a little old at the time. I share this biographical tidbit as a way of assuring you that I have been on my fair share of blind dates.
“I don’t like cheese.”
“No, no. I only eat the yogurt in the red containers. I’m afraid to even try another kind.”
“Corn? No thanks!”
“Not a fan of cilantro.”
These may sound like typical responses from the picky eaters at your house. And they are things I’ve overheard at mealtime.
“You’re so brave.”
It’s something I’ve heard from many parents, both as a teacher a parent myself. Usually, they were referring to the fact that I had just set out a bin full of colored rice for toddlers to play in, or jars full of water colors for preschoolers to splatter all over coffee filters with eyedroppers.