I’ve got to admit, Miss 4 has basically made me a smug mummy. I’m smug about the fact that she’ll eat virtually anything, unless she’s desperately tired or sick and will try most new things first time around. But Master 2? Well, he’s brought me back down off my laurels and slapped me in the face with a good dose of parenting reality.
Seriously. He will refuse something that last night was perfect and will turn his little nose up at the slightest change to a favourite. Now I’m quite an ok cook, I’ve been at this for a while but even I sometimes get defeated by his changeable attitude and the unpredictability of his food preferences. He won’t eat a sandwich. Actually. He will eat a sausage sandwich. He won’t eat corn unless it’s cut off the cob, zucchini unless it’s grated…it’s a tricky business. I’m glad I love experimenting with food and cooking a variety of foods because otherwise I would be feeling defeated. I would be feeling like this is all too much hard work.
I have to be honest. There are nights when he is overtired and well basically over it. And those nights, well, I’ve got a bit of a repertoire of fuss free meals that will do the trick for him, even if it’s lasagne from the freezer or leftover pasta and sauce that I’ve frozen. They are easy, reheatable and quick to get to the table. And that’s what I’ve found gets us through those times.
If you’re a new parent you probably don’t recognise how you can try and defuss those nights when bub doesn’t want to eat and you’re probably struggling with the fact that they won’t eat the meal you’ve cooked or you just don’t have enough ideas. If that’s you, then Tiny Bites Cooking Classes are for you. Run by Allison Murray and her team, the Tiny Bites Cooking School is all about making parents more confident in their cooking for their kids.
The class that I attended was No Fuss Meals and it is geared at parents whose children are moving from solids to family meals, an area that I found quite grey when I did it the first time. The meals that we cooked were tasty meals that were designed with the fussy toddler in mind. So if you’re looking for some new kitchen skills and some easy (and versatile) recipes that you can make for your little ones, it’s certainly worth looking into the classes. Also, the assistance from the class doesn’t stop when you leave, there’s 6 months forum access to their closed online forum for questions etc.
If you feel you need extra help to move your toddler to the next step in eating, then these classes will help to cut your reliance on jars, bottles and packets by teaching you some easy meals that you could make at home. Tiny Bites has classes for all age groups too, so be sure to check them out. You can check them out here.
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