Through the years I have seen many parenting types when it comes to feeding children. There is Lackadaisical Lucy, Chelsea Choice, Erin the Enforcer, Wanda the Whining Worrier , Betty Briber and Hilda Hide It. It is not to say that any one of these types of parents are wrong in their techniques in my belief everyone has an ultimate goal, that which is to feed the children the healthiest way they feel best. Today we will look at Lucy, maybe you will find some similarities with your feeding techniques and hers.
Lackadaisical LucyLucy likes it laid back and quiet without any turmoil or disruption. She has educated herself on healthy foods and enjoys trying new things. Her approach is to cook what she will eat and let her kids try it as they will. She refuses to be a short order cook.
Here are the positive attributes of Lucy:
1. She instills nutrition education. Each time they eat she casually mentions the benefits of the food that she is eating.
2.She involves the children with cooking and shopping and she lets them help pick out key ingredients for meals.
3. She is less stressed when it comes to meal times.
Some days I wish I could be like Lucy. Not really thinking too much about what a child eats and has the attitude that eventually he or she will be a good enough eater to get by. Lucy offers the child what she eats but does not dwell on the fact that the child has not eaten anything for 2 meals or only ate donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The negative attributes of Lucy are that, in a way she is waging her bets on whether or not the child will turn out to be a good eater or not. I personally, am not a gambler and can't stand thriller movies so watching and waiting doesn't work for me, but for Lucy it does.
What do you think? Are you like Lucy?
If you want to read more about a culture that does not stress about feeding their children I recommend reading: French Kids Eat Everything by Karen LeBillon. This book tells the story about how a family moved to France and "cured picky eating, banned snacking and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy healthy eaters".