This year, I learned a more refined way to describe the phenomenon of picky preschoolers from my son’s nursery school teacher. Instead of calling them “picky eaters,” she says they have “discriminating palates.” Isn’t that nice?
After I shared some of the struggles of dinner time at our house, many mothers shared with me that they go through the same thing. Or at least a similar thing. It’s always encouraging to find solidarity with other mothers. Even more encouraging were the reports from mothers of older children who said that, yes, it *is* possible for a previously discriminating palate to expand its preferences. But it doesn’t happen overnight.
And while we’re waiting for it to happen, why not have some fun with the presentation of dinners which may or may not be eaten?
“Mommy? You missed a spot. What’s going to go there?”
“What would you like to go there?”
“I don’t know. You tell me what I like.”
“How about some carrots.”
“No. Something that I like.”
“How about some potatoes?”
“No. Something else.”
“Mommy. Something. That. I. Like.”
“I know! A spinach cookie. You like spinach cookies, right?”
Usually I end up filling it with fruit. Or frozen french fries which I bake (though sometimes my three-year-old is deeply scandalized by my baking them. He would like to sample them in their raw state).
When I post a dinner pic on Instagram or the blog’s Facebook page (have you liked that yet?), there’s often someone who asks where I got the plates. Just the dollar bin at Target, which I do check routinely. Something they have plastic dinosaur and animal toys! Score!
Well, today you do not have to take a trip to Target to get one of these plates. The last time I was there, I stocked up and now have twenty plates to give away. That’s right! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment sharing the most surprising food your child has eaten, or, if it’s easier, share their favorite food. IMPORTANT: Please also indicate the number of plates you need for your family (I ask that you limit it to one per child). I will select winners (randomly, as always), until there are no more plates to give away.
The giveaway will end in one week, at midnight on Sunday, November tenth. I’ll announce the winner(s) in my post for that week (which will probably be on either Sunday or Monday). The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond, and I will notify them through email as well (so don’t forget to include a real email address!). Okay, I think that’s all the technical stuff.
If you ever want to take a picture of cute ways you arrange your dinner, I would love to see them! Please send then to me! The email address you should send them to is marriedlane [at] gmail [dot] com.
Happy food arranging, and good luck!