Ever felt like The Hunger Games was a title better suited for your family mealtimes than for the popular book series? Try as we might, mealtimes with kids can feel more like war zones than peaceful dining experiences. We use our smartest sleuthing tactics to sneak veggies into the foods they least expect (meatloaf, anyone?). We negotiate deals with our children, promising ice cream if they eat just "one more bite" of that dreaded baby carrot. We plead, persuade, and pressure.
"Mommy, am I fat?" These heart-wrenching words are enough to make any parent cringe. Regardless of your child's age, gender, or weight, they are undoubtedly being exposed to the pervasive societal messages that thinness equals beauty and beauty equals value. In line with you at the grocery store, they see the magazine covers plastered with super model images. Watching television after school, they'll see commercials filled with unrealistically toned and sculpted men and women
"Why won't they eat vegetables? Are they getting enough nutrients? Are they growing at the appropriate rate? Why don't they ever seem interested in eating at meals? Why are they always asking for food? Should I give them food every time they ask for it? Will I ever be able to make just one meal that everyone will eat? Is it okay to let them have dessert?" If you've ever been involved in feeding kids, maybe some of these questions sound familiar. Meal time shouldn't feel like