Comments on: Hungry Monkey http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:47:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jess. http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-774885 Jess. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:01:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-774885 Ha! I tell my kids regularly that I do not negotiate with terrorists! Whining is not an appropriate negotiation tactic at our house.

My kids came into my life at the ages of 2 1/2 (only ate chicken and ketchup at the time, no joke) and 6. At first, it was a daily battle of green-things-on-your-plate-but-you-don’t-have-to-eat-them. One day, I had time on my hands, and I waged the Great Oatmeal War. I cleaned the entire house and he spent 3 hours sitting at the table with his steadily-congealing opponent. While I absolutely commiserate with people with picky eaters, I also think there’s something to be said for, as a parent, drawing a line in the sand. You don’t have to eat what’s for dinner, but the option is not eating dinner. It sounds dictatorial, but my kids do get to choose one food [at a time] that they do not have to eat. For my oldest, that was carrots for a while, until he realized how delicious they were. For me, it was my mom’s cream of broccoli soup (ugh; so milky and oniony and gross).

And we do try to make food fun/beautiful. Broccoli was hard-won, and I ate a lot of tiny trees with my lips puckered strangely and my eyes crossed, saying I was a baby giraffe. The payoff came, however, with my once-picky kindergarten student shoveling it into his mouth and telling me fervently that “home bloccolis is much lummier than school bloccolis!”

xox

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By: Danny http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-544623 Danny Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:53:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-544623 Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask.

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By: Gayletrini http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-525480 Gayletrini Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:58:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-525480 Raleigh congratulations on the birth of your new baby!!
If it is any consolation I ate wonderfully healthy with my twins, my diet was chuck-filled with fruits and vegetables, I juiced, ate salads I was a shining example of all that is good and clean and guess what my kiddies will eat nothing but junk now and even in the beginning there is no exploration or desire to be healthy! LOL
So what I am saying is it really doesn’t matter what they eat invitro but how good you are at introducing and reintroducing the good stuff.
Enjoy enjoy your munchkin because they do grow soooo fast!

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By: Dee Wilcox http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-462165 Dee Wilcox Wed, 15 May 2013 18:38:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-462165 I picked this one up at the library today. I remembered your review and couldn’t resist. I’m looking forward to reading it! :)

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By: Caryn http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-460543 Caryn Thu, 09 May 2013 02:30:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-460543 I don’t know if you’ll actually see this comment considering I’m woefully behind on my reading posts considering our first child had a birthday a week ago and life has been full of family. But, when I read this (and loved it of course!) I had to mention that you should read French Kids Eat Everything. Awesome book with great tips. We are a year into it with our first and so far everything is going well. Excellent eater and we are optimistic for the future. :)

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By: Delphine http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-460387 Delphine Wed, 08 May 2013 06:25:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-460387 You might be interested to know that on the first months they usually only drink milk.
Just kidding.

My grandmother was a pediatrician . She raised 7 sons. She used to say that she never saw a child letting himself die of starvation ( unless severe trauma) . I stopped stressing . She had rules : children should serve themselves from the serving dishes, but they had to finish their plates . What a child doesn’t want he had to taste. We had free access to bread and fruits. I wasn’t a picky eater at all as a girl, eating cassoulet or saucisson with delight, and asking for artichoke as a treat. But my brothers were picky. My son is picky. He is the pickiest. I just make sure he has his favorite fruits and veggies, a lot of lean proteins and then I let go. It’ s his plate, not mine. We eat together and when something looks yummy on my plate he tries. I don’t care! He is a healthy boy, tall and strong. Trying to give him adult habits as a boy is just plain silly.

Annoter thing to know is that in a world were kids are carried from a point to another on a strict schedule with no room or space to express themselves, saying no to food is their only way to be heard.

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-459764 Erin Fri, 03 May 2013 14:15:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-459764 Oh – and to second your stepmother on the cute packaging – many new foods were introduced as samples at the grocery store. Kid will eat anything with a toothpick in it (including roasted beets – though he was not a fan).

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By: Erin http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-459761 Erin Fri, 03 May 2013 14:13:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-459761 My son is particular, but we’re very lucky in his eating habits. Avocado is his favorite food. He’ll eat sushi and vietnamese springs rolls and smoked salmon. He’ll eat things that I didn’t try until I was an adult. I think that this is about 75% luck and 25% parenting. Part of it is getting him to put the food in his mouth and the rest is whether his palette enjoys that food or thinks it’s disgusting.

My tips come from my place as a reformed super picky eater myself. I was a weird kid who ate tons of vegetables (brussels sprouts are my favorite too), but they were all served with butter, salt and pepper. For me, many things were just a matter of having the idea of the taste in my mind before I tried them. By relating a new food to something my son already likes, we can get him to try new things willingly. Quinoa? It’s just “tiny rice”. Multi-grain blend? It’s “easter rice” (because of the colors). He tried pork tenderloin for the first time because we said it was like sausage, before it was turned into sausage. “What’s it taste like mommy?” – It’s salty or sweet or similar to something he already likes. Keep it simple. He also gets a lot of praise for just trying something new and we just say, maybe you’ll like it next time you try it.

As with most parenting questions, advice can be helpful but you really need to see how it plays out with your own kid. Parent the kid that you have.

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By: Kristen http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458801 Kristen Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:16:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458801 Kaytee describes my 29 month old daughter, precisely. I too suggest it has a lot to do with baby led weaning. I am 10 weeks with number two and would never consider mashing a thing now. I won’t have the time any way. Our grandparents did not eat pureed baby food, it was invented to use up extra factory capacity after the second world war. There’s no magic, it’s the way it was and is done all over the world, a baby will reach and gnaw when they are ready. My daughter eats everything we eat because in line with your mom – there are no other choices. I am convinced kids will emulate what they see. We offered her healthy, whole foods and that is what she loves. She has been offered chicken nuggets at parties and pushes them away.

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By: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458734 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:04:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458734 I have 7 children, and my pickiestis my oldest. She likes bland foods. I let her choose what to eat. I won’t do that again!

My 6th child is 3 now and likes bell peppers, goat cheese, and spicy food. She is my most adventurous eater.

I read French Kids Eat Everything and that changed my perspective. I saw what I had done wrong with my 2 oldest, but I also saw what I had done right with the others. I also saw room for improvment when I read in there about a 9-month-old eating blue cheese. Something clicked for me then and I realized that all of my babies have reached for the food on MY plate, but I wouldn’t let them eat it, insisting they eat their own. With our 7th, I serve her from my plate, and she tries it all. Her favorite food is broccoli (she’s loved it since she was 9 months old; she’s 1 now and she just polished off about 2/3 of a cup of broccoli the other day); I steam it really soft and give it to her with a little salt and margarine—just like I like it. The funny thing is that she won’t take a bit of new things unless she sees one of us take a bit first. Then, once she sees us eat it, she tries everything.

Don’t buy baby food. Just wait until they are old enough to sit up and eat, and then they will try things–bean soups, swiss chard soup, sweet peas with a little butter and salt, broccoli, beans (a much better finger food than cereal!), etc.

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By: April @ Occupational Therapy Philadelphia http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458650 April @ Occupational Therapy Philadelphia Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:17:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458650 Baby food was never invented thousands of years ago but personally I feed my baby mashed food of basically what I eat – potatoes, rice, some veggies and fish. Just little tiny bits of it. I sometimes use the blender to put in little slices of meat like chicken when he was around 6 to 8 months along with oatmeal topped with sugar and full-cream powdered which my little boy loved a lot. I just give him what I eat mostly. I’m into healthy food so I believe that baby food does carry preservatives no matter how they keep saying that it doesn’t. Natural food is still the best way for babies, at least in my opinion.

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By: sophie-anne http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458630 sophie-anne Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:05:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458630 Involving our kids has been key for us. We shop, cook, garden together and, therefore, they want to try the food we prepare. Otherwise, our eldest, now 3, at least has to try what’s offered to her.

Also, what I think made a world of a difference to us is that our children stay at tha table with us while we eat together. There’s no getting up after 2 bites to go play around here. I find that if they stay around the table, they are more prone to eat the food that’s there…

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By: Stella http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458442 Stella Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:32:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458442 I was a pretty picky eater as a child. Whenever we went out to eat, no matter how fancy or how unique the cuisine was, I *always* ordered chicken fingers. Seriously. My parents are serious foodies, and they would literally cringe when I would ask the waiter, “Do you have chicken fingers?” The good news is that somewhere during my teenage years I grew out of it. So… this is just to say that if you do have picky eaters as young children, they’ll probably get over it eventually. :)

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By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458441 Anna Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:30:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458441 Also, just remember how many more years’ experience you have at stubbornness than your child. Staying cool is definitely the key.

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By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458434 Anna Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:21:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458434 Ooh… I hated red food. Any red food, from KoolAid to spaghetti sauce (I once ordered lasagna with white sauce and they accidentally brought red, and I couldn’t eat it. I did try.) Chinese or Indian takeaway 3+ years later… On an even more amusing note, family story says that my grandmother’s trigger was her wedding shoes. She *had* to get married. I wonder if there was a connection…

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458427 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:02:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458427 I love this. And I will continue to unabashedly love my breakfast bathtub routine. For the next eight weeks, at least : )

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458426 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:01:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458426 This has to win as my favorite comment — y’all! the stepmother! this is mine! The one who started my whole food-love thing to begin with! And Raleigh-oli Casseroli was really the best meal ever.

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By: Ann (the stepmother) http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/hungry-monkey/comment-page-1/#comment-458407 Ann (the stepmother) Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:34:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34851#comment-458407 As I confessed to you, I acquired this book LONG after I had kids of “that age” because Amster-Burton’s adventures are timeless and hilarious. The other cool “trick” with feeding kids by the way is to make food in small kid-sized packages (muffin-tin meatloaves, empanadas, mini pancakes, tiny sandwiches, etc.). With a few tricks, and an oft-repeated mantra (“this too shall pass, this too shall pass”), all mostly works out in the end. But one more neat trick: name your meals some “engaging” names. For example, Raleigh-oli Casseroli, anyone?

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