French Kids Eat Everything II

What did we learn from this amazing French book? For me, there are two groups of tips-n-tricks – surprises and expected. The author is really good and clever, but we Czechs know some things as well!

The Surprises

1. Children eat their vegetable as a first dish: It’s logical. They are still hungry and will probably eat everything.

2. Children shouldn’t eat snacks. It’s fine to be a bit hungry between meals and they learn to wait for “normal” food.

3. This tip is my favourite: Children eat meals together with their family. The meal should be something special for them.

Are you curious about the expected?

1. Again, I start with my favourite: You don’t have to like it, but you have to taste it. Yes, yes and yes! Kids, and adults, too, should give the meal a chance.

2. Children should eat slowly. Meals are important. Slow meal can help them enjoy it more and talk with their friends.

3. Children should listen to their parents. Parents say when it’s the time for meal. But! Parents should think – kids aren’t puppies. They should eat, when they’re hungry and not when they behave good.

Here ends my trip to the world where children eat everything. It was fun for me and I really hope, that for you, too.

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French Kids Eat Everything II

Ok, guys, I’ve read some interesting tips for you and I have to say, the French lady knows her stuff. I mean the advice she gives there, aren’t any heureka”-like, rather are eye-opening.

I’ve summed up a few tips I liked. They’re divided into two groups – the surprises and the obvious. Proudly, I must say, that many of these points are already being used in our beautiful motherland.

Let’s begin with the surprises.

  1. Children eat their veggies as the first dish. Facepalm, of course. It makes sense. Kids usually don’t want to eat vegetables, but if you serve it to them when they’re still hungry, they gladly will.
  2. Don’t make children eat snacks. No, the author isn’t crazy or a tyrant. Of course you can’t let them starve to death, but being a bit hungry every now and then won’t hurt. Plus, they will learn to wait for a proper meal and won’t eat the first junk food they get.
  3. My favourite advice: Make meals an event. Children should eat the meal together with their family. Make it special for them, so they can learn to behave and to enjoy. And another plus point for everyone – do you know anything better than spending time with your family?

 

Are you curious what else I have discovered? Let’s have a look at the obvious.

  1. In this group, I start with my favourite advice, something I practise myself: You don’t have to like it, but you have to taste it. It’s a big yes! Everyone can tell just by the name of the dish, that they don’t like it. But why? I think it’s only fair to give the meal and the cook a chance.
  2. Children, and not only them, should eat slowly and enjoy. Taste and smell the meal properly. We all know how important the main courses are. If we eat slowly enough it helps us not only to relax and enjoy, but also to socialize.
  3. Children should listen to their parents. Who am I to argue? Sure, they should. But parents should think before they command. Kids are human beings, not puppies, that’s why parents should use food to keep their children satiated and satisfied, and not as a reward when they want to make them obey.

Here ends my trip to the world where children eat everything. It was fun for me and I really hope, that for you, too.

Definitions

heureka – a word used when discovering or solving something
sum up – summarize go over the main points
veggies – vegetable (AmE)
starve – suffer from lack of food
junk food – high-calorie, but low nutritional value food
event – a social activity or gathering
socialize – to take part in social activities
command – to give orders
satiated – fed to satisfaction

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