Connecting Your Children with Food Part 1

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I grew up with a family where Salisbury Steak TV dinner was an exciting alternative to trying to figure out something to cook for myself. Needless to say that didn’t exactly set me up for having a connected relationship with my food. It wasn’t until after I had my own kids that I started to think seriously about how what I ate affected my health and the health of our family.

Here are some of the things I learned on the job:

Let the kids help.

If you have kids you already know that having an extra pair of hands in there is an added “complication.” The pay off is, it’s the best way to get your kids on board with the next step, which is of course – eating! Let kids measure, chop, stir, fetch and  – yes! Clean up!

Be inclusive. Try to let kids have a voice in choosing what they will eat, and how (and even where) it will be served. It’s a lot easier for people of any age, to be interested and enthusiastic about something they have had had a hand in – Don’t be afraid to divvy up jobs and hand out accolades. A pick-nick on the porch is a lot easier to carry off if everyone participates.

We connect best with things we do. If food is something you and your kids do together, everyone can enjoy the process as well as the outcome.

Here are some other articles about kids and food if you want to read more:

http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/cooking-helps-kids-with-language-skills-self-confidence-and-following-directions/

https://www.pbs.org/parents/parenthelpers/cooking.html

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5 Responses to Connecting Your Children with Food Part 1

  1. Julie says:

    Couldn’t agree more Karen!!! Kids enjoy helping and being part of the “outcome”. Maybe even some of those picky kids would be more willing to eat varying foods if they were involved…..

  2. Jim Smith says:

    Thank you for producing Honey wheat Mini Pretzels. I tried a bag because your salt and sugar contents for your pretzels is lower than other brands and they are delicious. Now the bad part (not really) after I opened the bag and tried one I went through a 1/2 bag before I stop my-self. Ha-Ha

    Jim Smith

    • Karen Shepard says:

      Hi Jim!
      So glad you found a snack that works for you! Hmmm – Maybe we should work
      on making smaller portion bags?!

  3. Connie Russell says:

    I have been buying your pinto beans, (10 cans a month). Recently, the beans have been not fully cooked (very hard), and there are a lot of split beans. Just wondering about quality control.

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