“CHILDREN ARE BORN WITH A SENSE OF WONDER AND AN AFFINITY FOR NATURE. PROPERLY CULTIVATED, THESE VALUES CAN MATURE INTO ECOLOGICAL LITERACY, AND EVENTUALLY INTO SUSTAINABLE PATTERNS OF LIVING.”
How do you cultivate children’s freedoms in family meals?
It doesn’t have to mean giving control of the family’s diet to the pickiest eater… You don’t hand over the car’s controls to a child who gets travel sickness, because that doesn’t solve the problem and in fact creates new problems!
It doesn’t have to mean letting always the kids do their thing after dinner while you slog through the clean up alone… You don’t give up on the tooth cleaning just because they complain, why would you ignore another essential life skill?
You can cultivate children’s freedom around family meals without becoming their slave. One way is to follow the Division of Responsibility, a philosophy developed by Ellyn Satter.
Responsibilities at family meals are divided. For example, parents provide what is available to eat and when the food will be served. Children decide how much and which food they will eat.
You’ll see this philosophy reflected in The Flawsome Family Mealbook, which is all about developing a practical, positive meals mindset for the whole family. The book covers the entire process of planning, preparing, serving, enjoying, and cleaning up after meals.
If you want your children’s sense of wonder and freedom of choices to include food, there are some simple, practical steps you can start using right now 😘