You are better at feeding your child than you think.
Oh, yes, you are.
And you should pat yourself on the back. This little act of self-encouragement is a gesture that can keep you going, even with the mundane task of feeding your child.
You may doubt your skills or success at feeding your kids, but I think that most parents deserve a pat on the back for doing this difficult job. If you think you’re rotten at feeding your kids because they aren’t eating fruits and veggies, or enough food at mealtimes (or too much), I’m here to set the record straight.
You are better at feeding your kids than you think! This is how I know…
You think about feeding your child.
Most parents I know think about feeding their child.
This fact puts you ahead of the game. Maybe you’re a planner and you think about it at the start of the day, or maybe you take a last minute approach, scrambling for ideas as the meal draws near. Because the alternative (not thinking about what to serve, how to do it, and the general food preferences of the family) generally turns out badly for everyone, I think it’s the thought that counts.
You take the time to feed your child.
Let’s face it. Whether you’re a ‘from scratch’ gourmet cook, a microwave queen, or a little of both, pulling together a meal takes time. That’s an investment you’re willing to make. More points for you!
You look for ways to improve your feeding strategies.
Scanning recipes, reading about strategies to help your kids eat better, and dare I say, reading this blog—are testimony to your investment in raising a healthy child. Your desire to improve in the area of feeding your child is a win-win for both you and your family!
You have a long-term goal in mind.
Whether it’s to raise a child who will eat a vast array of vegetables and fruit to launching a young adult who can cook for himself and his family, there is an end-goal for which you are striving. And if you have a goal in mind, you’re more likely to achieve it.
You’re invested in your (& your child’s) success.
When we want to succeed, we constantly evaluate, adjust, and reset our compass, all in an effort to succeed at what we set out to accomplish. This investment will get you closer to the end result, and in the process, increase the likelihood of meeting, or even exceeding your goals.
This may seem like an obvious, simple list, but sometimes it’s important to state the obvious, especially for feeding a family, which doesn’t get celebrity status or many accolades. Some of you may say this list is not enough to change the task of feeding your child for the better.
You may even point out that parents, in general, aren’t good enough at feeding their kids and that’s why we have more childhood nutrition problems than ever before.
But I say that is a negative outlook, predicting a negative outcome.
If you believe you are better (or can do better) at feeding your kids, or if you look for the small positives in the daily drudgery (“I had all the food groups on the table tonight,” “Everyone seemed to get through breakfast without complaint,” or “Dinner was served at a decent time tonight.”), you will find something to keep you going, and even to improve upon along the way.
You achieve what you believe.
How do you keep yourself motivated to feed your kids? What signs do you see that you’re on the road to success?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: May 16, 2018
Updated on: September 20, 2019