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pretty fruit and introducing our children to the world, to foods

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

“It was life that would give her everything of consequence. Life would shape her. Not we. All we were good for was to make the introductions…” -Helen Hayes

I loved this quote, and bought the card it was on when I was pregnant. With my “feeding”-goggles on, I see how it relates to feeding children too. Learning to like new foods is experiential. Children will watch, smell, see, taste, decide on their own. We are here to set up the best introduction possible.

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  1. Twistie

    I think that quote may be the single most perceptive and beautiful take on parenthood I’ve ever read.

    Then again, I think Helen Hayes and her husband were kind of special people. Apparently the first time they met he saw her across the room at a party, went up to her, poured some peanuts into her hand and said: “I wish they could be emeralds.”

    Now THAT’S romance!

  2. AcceptanceWoman

    My daughter is at an age (6.5) where she is suddenly more open to trying things that she wouldn’t try before. So, it’s a great time for me to “make introductions.” I think it’s a combination of more activity in the summertime and growing. I notice she will take a bite of something and spit it out (usually into a nearby napkin) if she doesn’t like it without much fuss. I realize that this is the perfect time to put out more stuff she doesn’t usually eat.

    • katja

      Thanks for sharing! it is amazing how they suddenly do have these break-throughs. it’s so important for parents of little ones to hear. Pressure, rewards, bribes etc slows the process down…