“My child eats everything.” Is this the ultimate quest during meals? It’s an ideal to achieve, of course, but eating is so complex and involves so many variables that it’s rarely won in advance. And often, a very important factor is forgotten: food is not just about food, it is also the way of eating. Eating behavior is just as important, if not more so. Stop everything you do and read this, it may change your life ... or at least the dynamics during the meal. I want to tell you about the principle of "family style meal" (which is freely translated from English) which is to put all the elements of the meal in the center of the table and let each child serve themselves. For example, if the meal is a shepherd's pie and a salad, both will be in the center of the table, with serving utensils, ready to be served on your child's plate ... or not! Indeed, the child will choose for himself the quantity of each food to put on his plate. He could also choose not to put any at all. It will also have the possibility of being refilled easily. How to do:
- If your child is 2 years old and under, you can prepare their plate for them. Children between 2 and 3 years old can try to help themselves with help or even point what they want on their plate.
- Children over 4 years old are able to serve themselves.
- Make sure you have easy-to-handle serving utensils.
- Watch out for very hot dishes that come out of the oven, protect the handles or wait until they are less hot before placing them in the center of the table.
- Be careful not to comment on children's choices. The goal is to simplify the act of eating and make meals enjoyable while respecting everyone's appetite.