Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

People are always suprised that my kids like Chinese food so much. That has surprised me. They've been eating it since they've been eating solids, it's not even really a thing. The other night we ordered some shrimp with mixed veggies and the kids tried one of each of the different veggies. Water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, all of the variety. They loved it!

I think there's another lesson here, aside from the food issue. About kindness and trying to help your kids learn about how to speak to others. We talk about thinking before you say something and if it's negative, keep it to yourself. I know it's probably a personality thing, but we try pretty hard to help our kids be considerate of others' feelings. Unfortunately there are a ton of kids at school who aren't concerned with that at all.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You are so right about that important other lesson--the two go hand-in-hand, I think. Whiel it's important to teach children to keep their possibly unkind judgments to themselves, it is important also to teach children that there is a rish and diverse world out there, and that it's not acceptable to make snap, surface judgments about anyone regardless of whether or not you keep these to yourself.

Hooray for your kids and their love of Chinese food! A friend once told me that when her child brought leftover Chinese food for lunch a fellow student said, "yuck--that looks like throw-up."


mouse's picture mouse

We have to deal with diversity differently with E.--food just isn't a safe topic for that sort of thing. I'm sure you know about that though. I'm very much looking forward to doing this with J. since he's already an adventurous eater.

I also agree very much with the lesson about learning to watch what one says and how it is said. Of course, that's also a big lesson for E., but one we can handle without sending him into survival mode.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh yes, it's a whole different ballgame with L. Since about 98% of what we eat, and what others eat, makes him gag, grosses him out, and makes him want to flee the room, we have to take a different approach with him. I will say, though, that at least instead of voicing his disgust at school over what kids next to him are eating, he'll just shut down and keep his revulsion inside--thank goodness. He doesn't do this at home, though, and I've developed a VERY thick skin as a result!