I was trying to think of a concept for this week’s toddler dinners and in doing so had time to reflect. I have been doing this for over 12 weeks. So while this post isn’t super long and informative, I wanted to let you know what this has done for me.
- I realize I am lucky. By doing the approval ratings for each day, I realize he is a rockstar. In 12 weeks I think I have had on ranking lower than 5. He doesn’t throw food in anger. He is excited to get to the table. He loves to see what he got tonight. I hear audible gasps sometimes. It really makes me feel good. This also lets me cut him some slack sometimes. We can’t all be rockstars every day…so I shouldn’t expect him to be after a long day. So thanks little Mann, you rock.
- We have a lot to learn from one another. At first I thought this was a short lived idea but then I got emails and tweets and FB messages about how it has changed their habits. Made them branch out and find new things their kids LOVE! I love helping people…hell it is 90% of why I blog. I also love seeing every one’s dinners each night. I think after the purees stage we are kinda on our own. No one says “they can have salad now”. It is trial and error and I am happy to be the guinea pig 🙂
- This one is kinda simple but we eat more balanced meals. Especially fruit. Before Landon we did protein, grain and veggie almost always. But since making dinners for Landon, I realized we were missing fruit. Now I cut up an apple for all of us or make a fruit salad.
- It helps with variety. Not gonna lie. If I have to show you every day, I am not going to give him the same thing EVERY DAY. Not that I really did before but this makes me more aware of it. With just writing it down, I start cataloging likes and dislikes. New combos to try later. New tricks. It’s like a regular food diary. You learn a lot just by writing it down.
So what have you learned that you want to share? And with that said, would you like a link up one week to share you week in toddler dinners? Or even just one night? I got burned with a link up before and I am a little gun shy. Just let me know if you would be interested and I can make it happen.
Next week’s topic will be how closely Landon’s dinner matches ours and why I sub out things in some cases. I have had questions around that topic and I thought I would do a visual show of that throughout the week.
So here we go: