There's Nothing Gross about Eating Your Kids' Chewed-up Meatloaf

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

kid eating spaghetti kids food Don't let your kids ruin your love of good food. You can teach them to love good food, too. (Copyright: Purple Queue/Shutterstock)

Dan Pashman, host of the podcast The Sporkful, and Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time podcast, share tips on eating with kids and how to raise adventurous eaters. They offer advice on how parents who want a decent meal can cope with difficult kids who won’t eat, the hierarchy of your kids' leftover foods, as well as techniques for eating those leftovers.



Hillary Frank and Dan Pashman

Comments [10]

MZ from UK

"They offer advice on how parents who want a decent meal can cope with difficult kids who won’t eat..."
If this is expert advice, it's no surprise that American kids and adults are such picky eaters. It's not OK or cute for kids to play with food, throw food onto the floor, or for adults to join in by scrabbling around on the floor eating their scraps. If my dog did this, I would tell him off. It is wasteful, and does not teach children appropriate behaviour at the family table, nor respect for food that someone has lovingly prepared. There is no virtue in precociousness, either. Infants and toddlers of this age would still benefit from being spoon fed an appropriately sized, balanced portion of food. They are not equipped to decide how much of what to eat, and spoon feeding them will get them used to eating the correct amount of food for their developing needs (if you are not sure, consult a paediatrician). You wouldn't allow a baby or toddler to make up their own infant formula, so why let them pick and choose what solids to consume when they are only 6 months old?

Jul. 23 2014 06:02 AM
MZ from UK

@tom LI: Spot on! I have NO sympathy for parents of 'picky eaters' who cater to their children's every whim.

Jul. 23 2014 05:40 AM
Seth from UWS

Are people this stupid? (I know, dumb question) How did humans ever survive without "parenting" blogs?

Jul. 16 2014 01:18 PM
tom LI

Of course this is a 1st world issue. Its about the mostly American idea that we are entitled to make all our own choices, and to have a dictionary length list to choose from. So the Boomers, masters of creating excessive choices in all products, extended that adult privilege to their spoiled children. Let the child choose what they want to eat, and when.

Its pretty funny that this child-centric culture is all over the landscape with advice on this rather silly subject. And there are as many experts on there are child rearing issues, yet the Boomers and now their recent progeny of parenting age is still getting it all wrong. They can't get their kids to eat right, and later they can't get them to leave home before theyre 35-40. What can these current crops of parent actually get their kids to do!

Look to the animal kingdom for better answers - the offspring eat what they are served, or die. But for heavens sake stop going to blogs posted by self proclaimed experts for answers - especially if a Boomer or Boomer raised person is behind it!

Jul. 16 2014 12:57 PM
ldg from Brooklyn

These guests were awful, they only seemed to provide basic anecdotal experience and not any actual expertise. Thankfully a few callers were able to provide some useful advice. I didn't think the jocular tone was all that appropriate either.

Jul. 16 2014 12:42 PM
Estelle from Brooklyn

Regarding Dan's comment about wanting to relish a certain food alone, here's what my Greek husband said. The Greeks had a way of describing a particularly delicious food: it's so good the mother doesn't share it with her child.

Jul. 16 2014 12:36 PM

A vegan diet is unhealthy for anyone, let alone infants and toddlers. Principals and ideology is NOT biology.

Jul. 16 2014 12:29 PM
Susan from Upper West Side

So, first, the notion that you need to start solids at 4 months was totally debunked in the 1990s and it can actually be harmful to start solids earlier because it interferes with appropriate development of the digestive tract and the microbial flora that we are now recognizing to be so important for immune function and inflammatory disease later in life. "Around 6 months" leaves a lot of room for wobble.

As for saliva, Dr. Gretel Pelto did some fascinating work on premastication - why saliva may actually be beneficial for infants in some of the same ways that human milk is beneficial for infants. There are some caveats of course - but her medical anthropological work on the topic is fascinating. In most cultures, parents have typically chewed up bits of food for their infants before putting it in their baby's mouths.

Our infants are the only infants who start to need to eat foods to meet their nutritional needs for iron and zinc before they have a full set of teeth. So it makes sense that we would have been chewing up their food in times past before we got so freaked out about germs.

Jul. 16 2014 12:25 PM
Susan from Upper West Side

OMG - the advice of the pediatrician was so last century off - as in 1950s advice. Research has shown babies need to start solids AROUND six months and they do not eat that much. The baby was TOTALLY normal and not at all a "picky" eater.

Jul. 16 2014 12:13 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn


Jul. 16 2014 12:09 PM

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