It all started when I had Liam help me make a batch of muffins — a new recipe I’m developing.
So why did I share this anecdote with you? Well first, to let you know that registered dietitians don’t have perfect eaters and surely have far from perfect mealtimes. We also don’t always handle every meal or snack time flawlessly. In hindsight, I probably should have checked the doneness of the muffin before offering it to him. And I definitely should have had the other part of his meal ready at the same time — instead of using a fruit smoothie as a bribe to settle him down. But in the end, everything turned out okay. Liam calmed down. We both sat and enjoyed a nutritious meal together. I even got a few snuggles with him before his nap time.
The beauty of it is that even if one meal goes haywire, there’s always the next meal or snack to tune up your feeding strategies. Just as habits aren’t formed overnight, healthy eating habits are not broken at a single meal. Tackle each and every meal as a fresh start. So to all those mamas (and dads!) who are feeling worn out from mealtime drama — keep on keeping on!
If your meals have been filled with more drama than dining lately, you are at the right place! Come back next week for the second part of the series, “5 Tips for Avoiding Mealtime Meltdowns," discussing practical strategies I use every day to avoid situations like yesterday's muffin mishap.