The Need to Establish Good Eating Habits in the Young Part 3

February 18, 2010

Christmas Morning !In my last two blogs I have written about the importance of establishing good eating habits in children and I will now finish this topic by writing about my own experiences with my child.

I recall a few experiences from my own son’s upbringing. Adam was a large, robust, placid and jovial child, with an almost insatiable appetite and curiosity – a real boy. At about nine months, he began to cry which was unusual for him. Previously, he had smiled, laughed and chuckled his way through life, even teething. After a couple of days we realised that he was hungry and that his mother’s breast milk could no longer keep up with his requirements. We began to introduce a variety of solid foods and within a month he had weaned himself.

One incident that particularly comes to mind is that of a fruit salad that I made on a Sunday afternoon during this period. The fruit salad contained passion fruit, banana, mango, pineapple, orange, pawpaw, kiwi fruit and water melon: things he had not previously tried. There was a fair amount of associated juice which we put in his bottle and handed to him. It was an interesting experience to watch the various pleasurable expressions flit across his face as he tried and decided he liked this new, tangy drink. He very quickly downed the whole bottle and very eloquently presented the bottle for an immediate refill. Even though he couldn’t yet speak there was no mistaking his meaning.

At 11 months he walked the length of a motel room in Sydney and very soon after that we had him sitting up in his high chair adjacent to the table and between us eating a small well sliced up version of whatever it was we were having: he slid naturally and painlessly into eating a wide variety of foods and it was OK because he was eating with Mum and Dad and eating what they were eating. He quickly accepted that that was the way it was.

We had to adjust our mealtimes a little to suit him and his bedtime routines: the warm bath, the toilet and story reading to have him asleep by 7.30 P.M.: “before they switched the dark on” as he termed it. A little later he was to take great pride in joining me for a “bubble beer”. I would have a beer and he would have a small ginger ale and later a small quantity of beer heavily diluted with lemonade. It was fun and he liked doing and sharing things with his Dad.

Sadly, many Dads are not there to share their meals with their kids and I feel that both the absent parents and the kids miss out on the bonding and other important aspects of this process. It also takes a lot of the pressure off the mother.

There are some children who are born sensitive, delicate and timid who may be picky eaters with a range of food intolerance issues but in the vast majority of cases such children are created by poor parenting and role models. Unfortunately, most people are poorly prepared and trained to assume the role of parents: one of the most important and influential roles in our lives.

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