‘Mom, children and food’ – one could write books, and more books on this topic.
“Chew slowly, don’t swallow without chewing, don’t place your book where your plate should be, vegetables cannot be scattered around the plate with the claim that you’ve finished your food. Don’t do this and don’t do that.”
From baby food to mashed vegetables to staple Indian food, my children have now reached a stage, where they ask for food, yummy food, all the time. So, I am happily learning new recipes.
With my new found happiness, I am glad to note that the children’s taste buds are ready to try and explore different cuisines.
So my husband and I have decided to take the children out to sample different cuisines whenever we can.
Mom’s observation – It is very difficult to stop a child from speaking out what is in his or her mind.
We start with Indian food, but from a different part of the sub-continent. It is a fine dining restaurant and I hiss warnings till we are seated. I keep telling them the dos and don’ts. I also tell them, “If there is a dish that you taste and do not like, do not make a face or say that you don’t like it. Instead, say, “This is interesting”, and I will understand.”
The children took my tips to heart and as we moved from starters and soup, to the main course, both kids would look at us and rate each dish – this is very good, hmmm this is interesting, and sometimes THIS IS VERY VERY INTERESTING (the ones they didn’t like at all).
We had fun and I came back satisfied. At least they had tried something new.
A few days later, I had friends over for dinner. The table was set.
One of my friends asked my son, “What has your mom prepared?”
My son peeked into each dish and gave his rating – this potato fry is very good, this stuffed bittergourd curry is very very interesting don’t try it, the starters are excellent, again, the stir-fried veggies, that’s interesting, skip it if you want.
And as my friends looked puzzled, I explained the ‘interesting story’ that had so beautifully boomeranged on me.