Friday, July 27, 2012

V, W...

V is for Vegetables

Note:  If you are sensitive about your picky eaters, you might want to skip this part.  Admittedly, this is not just about vegetables, but you know...all those gross foods that picky eaters say they don't like. Fruits and Vegetables just seem to come to mind when I think of "picky eaters" because they seem to be the major hang-up. My boys like broccoli, peas, carrots, celery, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, peaches, apples with the peel, various types of berries and melons, and the list goes on. I constantly have people saying what good eaters my kids are (although I find this hard to believe myself sometimes) or asking "How do you get them to eat that?" What do you mean, how do I get them to eat different food? I serve it to them. At the risk of sounding mean and insensitive here, your precious picky eater is not going to learn how to eat new foods if you don't make them.  No, I don't mean force the food down their throats.  We don't want to traumatize our children over vegetables.  I mean when you offer it to them, don't say "Well, if you don't like it, I'll fix you {insert favorite food} instead."  I'd rather have lucky charms over oatmeal any day too!

What I mean when I say make them eat it is...don't omit it from their plate because they didn't like it last time. Some children take longer than others (some studies say it could take 10-20 times before a child will try/like "new" foods) but that doesn't mean their bodies don't need the nutritional value that a healthy variety offers. It's your job as a parent to at least offer the foods!

Yes, I serve some foods to them over and over and over and over....and sometimes I don't think they'll ever learn to like something. No, they still don't actually eat everything I serve. I'm not delusional.  Squash hasn't crossed either of their lips since it was pureed as baby food.  However, the oldest finally figured out he does in fact like red peppers after he found them in his fajitas one night. My youngest has always refused chili. If I had served him a "kid-friendly" meal last night just because he's never cared for chili before, he would never have eaten almost an entire helping of it.  He dug right in without hesitation.

Another thing I've learned is not to serve snacks too close to meal time.  This way I can ensure they're hungry enough to want what is on their plate. I don't know about your children, but mine will not starve themselves. I don't mind reheating dinner, but you won't find a short order cook in my kitchen.

Oh, and sometimes it doesn't hurt to get creative and make the meal fun! ;-)
Humpty Dumpty Lunch

Please know that I'm no kind of childhood dietary expert.  I just feel strongly about it.  I was a picky eater as child, and I wanted to spare my own kids the trauma of having to force down new foods, so as not to be rude to their host.  You should know, though, I'm a much better eater as an adult.

Also, I do feel differently about children who have sensory issues, food allergies or other dietary needs that have to be taken into consideration. I have friends and family that must work around these special circumstances, and that is completely different.

W is for Why Homeschool?

These are no particular order, but are some of the reasons we chose to homeschool.

Love of Learning: Children may start off with the desire to learn, but then suddenly it seems to wane by late elementary school, and I believe the monotony of school and peer influence is a huge part of "hating school." I want to create an environment that encourages my children to enjoy learning and find learning opportunities everywhere, not just in a textbook.
Impromptu Frog Study

Growth: I want my children to be able to learn and grow at their own pace. For instance, because of Iron Man's birthday, he was unable to enter the public Pre-K program during the year in which he would have most benefited from it, academically speaking. By the time he was "old enough" by government standards, he was well beyond their so-called academic standards, and I wasn't interested in cluttering my house with paper crafts when I knew he would rather be creating his own unique art or outside exploring nature. Homeschooling allows us to tune into the child's needs, and respond accordingly.

Family: We are very family-oriented. We enjoy church together, family night, sitting in the floor working puzzles together. We don't shuffle our children off with a "go to your room and play" so we can do something else. I know homeschooling is not for every family, and I understand that. However, it works for us. It allows us plenty of educational opportunities without sacrificing our time together as a family.

Flexibility: My husband and I like to visit family during months that are considered part of the traditional school year, or being able to sporadically take long weekend trips, so homeschooling allows the flexibility of schedule. Plus, who can resist the homeschooling discounts that many places offer during the year. Some we've taken advantage of have been the Creation Museum and Parrot Mountain, to name a few.

Blogging Through the Alphabet

1 comment:

  1. I agree about picky eaters. We have a rule in our house -- if you think you don't like a food, you must at least take one bite. My son will eat nearly anything at 11, and he will try everything! Once he found that he was missing out on some delicious foods he didn't think he would like, there was no stopping him!

    Thanks for linking up this week!