Just in the last few years of my life, I’ve come to regard food in a very high manner.
Growing up, I ate food that was convenient rather than healthy, cheap rather than nutritious. We ate from cans, boxes, and a freezer filled with highly-processed, convenient snacks. My parents owned 8 vending machines, and I would often spend the money I earned working with my mom to buy a candy bar, cookie, or soda pop. I used to eat sugar-filled empty-calorie cereal with milk for breakfast…every morning.
When we moved to Minnesota my sophomore year in high school, we had to eat out every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the first two weeks we were there. I thought it was going to be the greatest thing. It got old after about five days. Eventually, everything homemade sounded better to me.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we didn’t eat that way all the time. There were plenty of times, especially when I was younger than 7, that we ate what my mom prepared on a daily basis, including Cornflake Casserole, roast with potatoes and carrots, and Sloppy Joes. But I think my mom got busier and more tired as I got older (I’m the fifth child out of six), so we started eating food that was much easier to prepare.
After getting married, and subsequently living on a very tight budget, I learned how to prepare many foods at home while trying to spend the least amount of money. I have been amazed at just how tasty simple ingredients can become when seasoned and cooked properly. I love to cook now, so it’s no shock that I am going to cook for my babies, whether 6 months old or 16 years old.
Introduction to the Kids and Food Series
The reason why I’m writing this is because I’m going to be posting more about feeding children, and I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. I am not here to reprimand you for feeding your kid cheetos for a snack or giving your baby jarred baby food at 8 months old.
Instead, I just want to give you some insight into what has worked for me when I am feeding my own kids. Every kid is really different about food. I get that. But I think some of my ideas could help you to get your child to eat more than 5 peas off their plate. Or to at least stop dropping their food on the floor for the dog to lick up.
Maybe my kids got their food loving ways from the Italian side of my husband’s family. Or maybe, just maybe, I am actually doing something right in this department.
So if I offend you when I write posts about feeding kids, I am truly sorry. I don’t mean for it to come across that way. I have some strong opinions, but I’m going to tame them. 😉
If I help in any way, please shoot me an email because I’d love to hear your successes and share them here!
Just you watch, since my blog is called Humble in a Heartbeat, I’m probably going to pay for this later. Maybe next year I’ll be begging you for advice on how to get my kids to eat just one pea!
Make sure to check out the other posts in this series:
- Let’s Talk Kids and Food
- Kids and Food: Great Eating Habits Start With YOU
- Kids and Food: The Snacking Rule
- Kids and Food: Short-Order Cooking
- Kids and Food: Eat Your Veggies
- Kids and Food: Emotional Eating
- Kids and Food: Taste Everything
- Kids and Food: No Distractions
- Kids and Food: Eat Real Food
- Kids and Food: Eat Slow