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Picky Eating Parent

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Might you be the reason you kid is a picky eater? Think about it, let me know. | TheMamaDen.com

You ever wonder why your kids only want to eat the same five meals? Well yes, because your kid is a picky eater but are you a picky eating paretn? Hmmm…Let’s discuss for a moment.

I know plenty of parents have an expansive palate and their kids just don’t because toddlers are so toddlerish. But let’s look at a different angle. My mom only eats about four vegetables so growing up my brother and I ate four vegetables and they were always prepared the exact same way. When I was 14 I worked in a soul food restaurant and began eating all kinds of stuff. My mom would be so grossed out. I would come home with meatloaf, stewed tomatoes, bread pudding, rice pudding, squash, spinach and plenty more. She would never touch my food.

A few years later I was eating a Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie and realized I loved carrots! I told my mom this revelation and she said “I know, carrots were your favorite food when you were a baby.” Wait what?! You knew I loved carrots and you never fed them to me?! She said “No, I hate carrots, I’m not eating them and wouldn’t know how to cook them.” Mind blown! That’s when I realized we only ate the same 5 meals because that’s all she liked! You see where I’m going with this?

When I moved out and bought all my own food my palate expanded so much! After having Camille I was so proud that she would eat her veggies. At one point we hit a roadblock and all she wanted was snack pouches so I made this pasta recipe and she fell back in line.

Bottom line: Just because you don’t like to eat different stuff doesn’t mean your kids don’t either. Check the menu at day care and school to see what they’re eating for lunch. Begin incorporating those things at home. You kid may enjoy lots of different foods but you don’t know because you have a permanent grocery list. I read Camille’s daily report and some days I’m so shocked at what she ate! Now I know I can bring those foods home for her to enjoy.

 

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Til next time…

Chardae

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2017
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9 Things to Look for at Day Care

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Looking for child care? I was too and so happy to report we found one we love! use this handy guide to help you weed through all the options and decide on a place when you and baby are happy!

Way back when I was pregnant I wrote this about child care. Now that Camille is actually in day care (today’s her first day…eek) I have a different perspective on things. Not to say that post is trash, it has some useful tips, but now I have more tips. Grab some tea and read along. Read more…

June 12, 2017
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10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood

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You see that smile? It' tells you I'm doing something right as a Mama. Click to see 10 ways I'm rocking motherhood.Hey Mamas! We all know Motherhood is the toughest hood to walk through. I can’t imagine it’s all peachy keen all the time for anyone. Instead of focusing on how I’m a bad not so good Mama, today I’m gonna give you 10 ways I’m rocking motherhood!

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February 2, 2017
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How I Weaned My Toddler from Breastfeeding

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Are you curious about weaning your baby? I was, and nervous too! Click thru to read how I did it and survived!

Camille is currently 15 months. Some may say it’s way overdue, others argue it’s too soon. To each his own. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know my feelings about formula and pumping. Nursing was another story. It went smoother than I assumed it would and I handled my emotions better than I anticipated.

Camille has not nursed since January 6th, 2017. I know it’s only been a week but I’m so proud of her (and myself) and could not wait to share. I’ve been on the fence about weaning for about 6 months. I know, I spent a lot of time on the fence. She is forever teething and I never want to feel like I’m throwing too much at her at once. I asked her pediatrician at the 9 month check up and she told me to take it slow, so I did. Read more…

January 14, 2017
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