I am so happy I kept a baby journal- a little book on my nightstand that I wrote in every now and then, and still do. M and I were reading it last night together as her 6th birthday approaches. She thought this one was hysterical.
Age 3 1/2…
M ate some ice-cream quickly and she said, “Ow” and put her hands on her head…
Me: M, if you eat ice-cream too fast, you can get an ice-cream headache! Here is a warm noodle, maybe that will help.
M: I don’t want to eat it too fast, then I could get a noodle headache… (said in all seriousness of course.)
It reminded me that efforts at “nutrition” education are largely wasted and confusing to the preschool set. Save your energy. Many of my clients try to rationalize or explain about protein or sugar grams, and it’s not necessary, and it can mess with the very natural wisdom kids have around food. Think about it, if I describe a meal as “yummy, kind of like the noodles you like, and this is gramma’s favorite” vs. “This soup has buckwheat noodles and is low-fat. It’s good for you!” Which sounds more appealing? (Same soup…)
Kids eat because it tastes good and they are hungry. Their idea of what tastes good changes and expands, and it is our job to provide a variety of choices in a pleasant setting at regular, reliable intervals. Why make that job harder?