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Playing with food


I thought this day would never come – my two-year-old leaning from his high chair with arms outstretched, pleading “boccoli, boccoli” as I walked to the dinner table with a plate of steaming asparagus.
Now, I don’t fuss over details. The idea is that Aristu is enthusiastic about vegetables, may it be broccoli, asparagus or green beans, is good news. That’s a big change from a few months ago when he would spit out anything that had vegetables in it, even though I tried to hide it in all kinds of food.
Now, he’ll eat as many florets of broccoli as I give him — OK, I’m pushing it; let’s say three or four — though he doesn’t eat the stem. But we’ll get there at some point. The other day he examined a string bean for a few seconds before tentatively putting it in his mouth.
What does bother me, though, is that he seems to like his vegetables after giving them a bath. We usually give him a plastic cup with a little bit of water because he seems to want to graduate from his sippy cup. These days he likes to slip the broccoli/beans/asparagus into the cup, swirl it around, take it out dripping, suck on it and then chew it. The other day he gave the same treatment to a chicken nugget. As my husband and I and our oldest – he’s 12 – gagged with disgust, Aristu wasn’t bothered at all. He sucked on the chicken nugget and then wolfed it down.
I don’t like the idea of his playing with food while eating dinner. I know that at day care he sits before a television while his teacher feeds him. I disapprove of that, but I don’t insist she stop doing that because, otherwise, it would take her forever to feed him. I know, it takes him 45 minutes to eat when he’s home.
But I’m going to let him play with his food as long as he eats it at the end. If you’re the parent of a fussy eater, you’ll understand. It doesn’t matter how he eats it, as long as he eats it. Right?

This entry was posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008 at 10:38 am by Hema Easley. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: asparagus, at and play, broccoli, chicken nugget, green beans, vegetables