Food quirks and kids
I was serving up some food at a little morning tea gathering recently when one of the mum’s asked me somewhat uncomfortably if I could do her a favour,
“Sure” I said, without looking up from my chopping, whizzing and serving.
‘Do you mind putting all of Katy’s food on separate plates for me please?”
That did make me stop. I looked up to see the obvious discomfort such a request had caused her.
“Of course” I said, “not a problem at all.”
“It’s just she doesn’t like different foods on the same plate.”
I could understand this actually.
One of my offspring has a real aversion to foods touching each other on their plate. So the sausages shouldn’t touch the vegetables and the vegetables mustn’t touch the sauce. That kind of thing.
I have seen many different issues parents have had to deal with when it comes to their children and food over the years. There’s my friend who endured stares and comments while her child was fed with a naso-gastric tube as they waited for a transplant. I have another friend whose child doesn’t allow “wet” food to touch dry food on the plate and still another whose child would deliberately vomit up food they didn’t like at the dinner table.
The thing is, these are all lovely and caring parents. Their kids are pretty well behaved little individuals. They just all have particular quirks when it comes to food. I put up with the one my child has because really it’s no big deal in the scheme of things.
I think as long as they are eating a well balanced and nutritious diet then do their food quirks matter? Mine are encouraged to eat a wide range of foods and to at least try what is put in front of them. They’re close involved in cooking with me and trying new recipes. If they don’t finish it that’s ok, but they have to give it a go.
How about you? Do tolerate food quirks in your child?