Food For Thought

food for thought
by Susan Redelinghuys
26 June 2017

Since the last article, I have been confronted by a range of tantrums. Lucah has suddenly decided that he is in charge when it comes to, well, just about everything!
He has moments when he does not want to sit in his high chair when it is time to eat. He does not want to be strapped into his car seat. He does not want to play alone in his playpen. He does not want me to change his nappy. The list seems to be endless.

Removing the source of the tantrum cannot work when it comes to these bouts of defiance. The only way that I have managed to work around his little tantrums, is to distract him. I either give him something to hold or make him laugh or make noises, etc. Anything to keep him focused on something else other than his determination to be “difficult”.
As I said, he has his moments. It is not as though he is permanently being difficult but I have to make him understand that he cannot take control in certain situations, especially when it comes to eating.

We all have our favourite foods, likes and dislikes and I guess that it is the same with little ones who are discovering flavours. Until recently, Lucah would eat whatever he was given. But, for the last week or so, he has become rather finicky about what he wants to eat.

His toddler cereal is a no go. He loved it, now he refuses to eat it. He loves egg and will eat a lot of it one day and very little on another day. It is the same with toast, so breakfast has become quite a challenge. He needs to get his daily dose of fibre, so I try to give him cooked carrots, beans, peas, corn and sweet potato. Broccoli is one of his favourites (kleinboompies, as one of my learners once said) and butternut has its place. Fortunately, he loves grated apple, so that is a snack that is very good for his tummy. Pears are also high in fibre, but some of them are rather hard, so he can only eat very small pieces at a time.

Diet is definitely very important. If his parents have had a very busy weekend (socially, that is) and he is out of his eating pattern/routine, and has indulged in too much starch (what kid does not love slap chips, etc.?) then his tummy plays up and I have to make sure that he eats food that is rich in fibre until his tummy stabilises. As my daughter so often says, “Mom, he has inherited my tummy genes!”

So, that is where I find myself at present – making sure that my grandson eats correctly. Not too much sugar/salt and a wide variety of what is good for a little one.

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