Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom
maybe because meals times for us are so much more than just food but my son would feel left out if he came to the table and I said "sorry, nothing here for you tonight. How about a bowl of cereal?" To me that just seems to discount his feelings and ignores his input into the family meal time.
I would go even further to say that whenever I cook anything untested in our kitchen (not knowing if dd or ds, much less dh or I, will like it) I ALWAYS provide something else at that meal that I know we do like. So just because I love to experiment with new recipes doesn't mean my kids have to grab a banana for dinner.
It's no wonder when presented with a brand new dish of totally foreign flavoring no less that a 3 year-old would get balky and avoid the whole meal altogether. Where's the "child's choice" in that?!?! So if I make liver and onions (something my kids hate) even night for dinner and they get to "choose" a yogurt or banana instead, that's what people were talking about when they said how important it is not to impose our will on our children? In my house, serving some new spicy beans alongside some rice pilaf and popular steamed vegetables would ensure everyone was happy at suppertime (and I can practically guarantee my kids would try the beans to boot).