Monday, October 17, 2016

It's OK to give up on the peas

It's dinnertime, and I am preparing two meals. I find that I do this frequently enough that I question my sanity, but not often enough that I stop doing it. I would like to prepare just one meal - one that my whole family enjoys, but that doesn't happen every day of the week, so two meals it is.

Here's what I remember about dinnertime as a child: I never starved. I remember eating whatever my Mother cooked (except for those years I stopped eating meat - sorry, Mom!), but I don't recall a whole lot of really spicy foods on her regular menu.

I have a few dishes with some stronger flavors to them - ones that I know my son doesn't enjoy. He may enjoy them one day, but not right now. And that is OK. I can accept that food preferences are mostly genetic. By all accounts, my husband and I didn't develop adventurous palettes until later in fact, one of us didn't like peas until he was in his 20s. Neither of us is a fan of chard.

So, I am not going to push my son into eating what we eat for dinner every night. Should he try something new occasionally? Yes, of course. But if he doesn't like it then we will just wait and see if his genes eventually change his mind.

What food did you dislike as a child that you now enjoy? Tell me in the comments.


  1. It was a challenge feeding four kids and figuring out likes and dislikes. I always made sure there was one thing on the table they all agreed on....although one toddler would only eat peanut butter sandwiches for about 3 weeks. Now we are all eating curry, green things, Mexican and more! It all works out and they won't starve. :)

    1. You are very right, Vicky: Children never let themselves starve!