When I go to playdates the other moms almost always put out one or more of the following: Chicken fingers, French fries, hotdogs, and macaroni and cheese. And I always serve Little Girl the same thing: Whatever I’m eating. a sandwich, some cheese and crackers, a little meat rolled up, some fruit. She doesn’t eat kid food. I’ve written about this before.
Okay, so whatever. But now, as I sit here planning the menu for my own playdate, I am nervously wondering if they will all hate me because I refuse to put out kid food. Or at least dread having to figure out what to feed their kids at my house. Usually, I’ll just order the one “kid” food I can stomach, which is pizza. (Little Girl likes pizza, but would rather spoon hummus out of the container.) Still, there are no nuggets anywhere. There’s a reason for that. Research keeps proving that kids will eat whatever you put out for them.
A December 2010 study — Mothers’ Diets Have Biggest Influence on Children Eating Healthy — out of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing found that “toddlers were less likely to consume fruits and vegetables four or more times a week if their mothers did not consume that amount or if their mothers viewed their children as picky eaters.”
So by putting out what I view as unhealthy stuff just because kids are picky eaters, I’m sending Little Girl a message: Kids should eat kid food. Not something that I believe. Still, I stress over it. I like to be the hostess with the mostess. I like my guest to be happy. I guess I’ll just have to hope they can be happy without fried food.