SlopJ30:In defense of my mother (may her soul rest in peace), she was an
excellent cook and I still miss most of her home cooking--just not the b.
sprouts and eggplant. I lay most of the blame on those particular foods (which
have to be disguised with spices, etc. to be at all palatable), not on the cook.
For the most part, kids' pickiness is a learned behavior. I was never all
that picky, but my mom (the primary cook in the family) was a competent but
bland cook, and we rarely experimented. I didn't know what I was missing
until my mission, when all of a sudden I had all kinds of East Asian dishes put
in front of me.Now I have four kids, and both parents are, IMO,
pretty good cooks. There's variety, attempts at new ethnic dishes, lots of
vegetables prepared in different ways, and no tolerance for a refusal to try
something. And, really, they hardly ever resist a taste of a new dish anyway.
Why? They've seen that new and "weird" might actually be
"good." Curmudgeon, I feel for you -- not even being
sarcastic here -- it would be rough having a mother who couldn't cook. It
really is a skill. I loved Vietnamese food on my mission, but there were a
couple of Viet ladies we'd visit who managed to ruin everything. It was
almost comical, but they were trying. They just didn't have a clue.
My mother tried to get me to eat overcooked brussels sprouts and eggplant, on
the grounds that they were good for me, and made me sit at the table until I
cleaned my plate; sometimes I was still sitting there an hour after everyone
else had left, and gagged on it when I finally forced it down. I resisted then
and I still hate those foods. Thank goodness they were never served at school
lunch. And I do not allow them at the table in my home.There are
some foods that no one should have to "learn to eat."
when I was a kid in grade school we had to eat a certain amount of our lunch
before we could go out for lunch recess.When I hear how kids will
just throw away nutricious food rather than eat it, and so we need to give the
kids only what they like to eat, I have to shake my head and wonder how it ever
got to this. If you want the kids to eat healthy, provide healthy choices and
REQUIRE them to eat a certain amount before being released for lunch recess. Go
back to what worked in the past.
Truly it may not be beautiful in the persons eyes.but good reasoning with the
person of the nutritional value or especial with the children should be taught
just after the spiritual lessons in family home evening should go to the kitchen
to do some practical cooking or preparing other source Preferably, the person
who hate the meal should prepare it for those who loves it. Parents should
remember that the children will leave one day and should instil in them what
parent have that he will provide.