A new parent at a recent enrollment meeting shared some sage advice that her pediatrician gave her: it is the parent’s responsibility to choose the food for their child and it is the child’s responsibility to decide whether to eat it or not. This simple yet brilliant advice can seem daunting for even the most savvy parents to follow consistently. How did our society get so far off the mark in handling one of our most basic human necessities? (If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the documentary, FED UP for the eye-opening and historical answer to this question.) Although the decks are clearly stacked against us and our children, we need to regain our position as the adults that choose the food for our children. All of us at Alphabet Academy know from experience that children, regardless of how picky they have become, will eat if we all just relax and give them time that they need.
Mom just announced we were going to a new school, Alphabet Academy. There were no more packed lunches of the ONLY three things I would eat: plain penne pasta, kalbi (bbq Korean beef), and kkim (korean roasted and salted seaweed). And, on top of all that, there was salmon lasagna and kale on the menu at school. And there weren’t even any substitutions! I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad meal.
I think I’ll move to Cheshire.