I have so enjoyed the feel of little tiny hands in mine as we cross the street or step into the creek. And my11 year old seemed to be influenced by the little ones to allow more physical contact than is generally deemed ‘cool.’
We also had some lovely food moments and learned / re-learned a couple of lessons about getting kids to eat what you want them to eat.
Children will often be more adventurous or willing with non-parental adults. Little Sis’ daughter is quite picky but ate with much less fuss and whining when Little sis was not around and so I was directing the oral traffic. The change in her behavior was a matter of degree and nothing to do with tactics or skills, she just didn’t push the envelope so far with the non-Mommy, especially when Mommy was not around for her to needle.
And of course little white lies are a wonderful thing. I made a smoothie of
2 cups squashed down kale
2 & 1/2 frozen bananas
about 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
and enough unsweetened almond milk to make it go.
Then I told the little people it was green because it was a ‘green mango smoothie.’ I even had a green-ish mango in the fruit bowl to demonstrate the green. After they had declared the smoothie delicious and were well past halfway, I allowed my 11 year old to let them in on the other contributor of ‘green=ness’. They continued drinking and professed delight in the concept despite having fussed previously over green smoothies that were too green in color. Ah yes, the things an aunt can get away with.
We have had similar experiences with my son seeming to be more flexible, reasonable and cheerful with other adults. In fact Bro-in-Law helped with some ‘Tude problems during the visit! Thanks!
And I’m going to take this opportunity to shamelessly self-promote (although it’s free, so maybe that’s okay) a couple of songs from a CD I’m working on of health songs for kids. Having 5 year olds around and an upcoming performance at a festival on a Blackberry Farm has re-invigorated the project. I thought the songs might be of use to you, or to folks you know who are trying to indoctrinate little people to eat Real Food.
Here are links to a couple of songs.
Hope they are fun and useful to some little people in your lives. They’re gonna need all the help we can give to learn about Real Food and health. It takes a healthy village….
Please let us know if you have any other ideas about teaching kids good eating habits!