If it was up to my son, we’d eat 24-7, and our main food group would be bread. I know. I know. He couldn’t be any more Italian. All our nonni had us toddling around with a hunk of Italian bread in our hands – sometimes dipped in Sunday’s sauce or extra-virgin olive oil, sometimes plain. And we all turned out just fine. Still, Baby Boy’s attraction to bread – I mean my mother and sister-in-law carry a loaf in their purse whenever they take him out on the town while I’m working – makes me feel like a bad American mom. I’m always trying to get him to eat veggies and fruit and other healthier, more nutritious options. Once in a while, I succeed. Once in a while, I fail…miserably.
Finally, my former boss, Charity Curley Mathews, is offering mom’s a big hand in this department. She founded and maintains the Foodlets blog with all sorts of good ideas on how to get your kids to eat the good stuff. She recently shared a secret about adding spinach to rice and another mom’s super duper rainbow spa-themed birthday party for little girls. Mathews’ article, “How to eat dinner with a toddler (or small children of any kind) without losing your mind” on Huffington Post, provides suggestions on how to make family dinner a reality in your home. What I really liked about the article is that it offers real advice that you could actually try, even if you’re a working mom like I am and don’t have that much time on your hands. It’s a good read, and it might even make your family life a little better.