I have had many people comment on Facebook, via e-mail and in conversation about how much they like the posts from the “Teaching Little Kyla” series. I’ll be posting more of those even though I’ve debated renaming the series, “Learning from Little Kyla.” I’m also going to add some posts on family dynamics and parenting for those of you who are young parents like us or for those who may be parents soon. Sarah and I hope our experience can be useful.
You can also expect some upcoming posts on environmental sustainability. My thought pattern for adding posts on family/parenting and creation care centers on the idea of stewardship. We have many things that have been given. A few of those include our family members, our bodies, and the earth. Those things which we have been given must be cared for and nurtured as an active response of gratitude (worship) toward God.
I sent an update through Twitter yesterdag evening that said, “how to get your kid to eat like this: http://twitgoo.com/px6cg coming soon to http://www.subversiveREFORMATION.com.” The picture below was attached. So… here’s what worked for us:
1) No fast food.
Sarah and I disagree here a little bit. I’m for absolutely no fast food while Sarah suggests that moderation is the key (i.e. your kid won’t die by having a small order of fries once every two weeks but I wonder why I would ever want to give my child beef product extract and anti-foaming agent, both included in a certain company’s fries).
2) Model healthy eating.
Don’t expect your kid to be healthy if you are not. A frequent late night snack of mine is steamed broccoli.
3) Plant a garden.
We turned around and Kyla was chomping on a whole tomato. Tomatoes are her favorite food and she is now very excited about planting a garden and growing her own food again this year.
4) Start with Veggies.
When Kyla was progressing through the toothless stages of baby food, we made sure that before we introduced any fruits that she was eating every kind of vegetable that we could purchase or make.
5) Take your kid grocery shopping.
Let your little one pick out some things in the fresh fruit and vegetable section rather than the cookie aisle.
6) Stick to Cheerios.
Think of all the ways that sugar is introduced. One of those is by cereals. None of us really eat cereal other than whole grains. I love me some Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes but I’ve been resisting the urge and doing Cheerios with Kyla.
7) Zero soda pop, no chocolate milk, and limit the juice.
Kyla is perfectly content with water, skim milk, and an occasional fruit juice (hopefully without high fructose corn syrup as the number 2 ingredient).
And… throw in a little flax seed and some lentils.
Give it a try. Your kids will love you for it — their lives will be better. It’s stewardship. It’s Christian.