|If you're not sure, suck it and see!
I am afraid I'm not going to come up with any solutions for picky eaters here, I'm just suggesting a few ways to make food fun- because preparing and eating food can be a great activity in itself.
|Watering the courgette.
If you don't have a garden, or don't fancy a major growing project, even growing some cress on a bit of cotton wool in an old yoghurt pot is a good start for persuading them to eat something green. Or to make it more fun you can grow it in half an eggshell with a face drawn on, so that the cress looks like punky hair, and then let them give their egg a haircut when you want to eat the cress.
|Topping off the perfect pizza.
You do have to have a reasonably high mess-tolerance-level to cook with small children, but I've yet to see the boys refuse to eat something they've cooked themselves.
Of course, they mostly love to cook sweet treats like little cakes and biscuits with lots of icing decoration, but I hope they will enjoy cooking enough that they'll want to make meals for us when they're a bit older. A man who can cook (and wants to do it) is definitely a catch in my opinion!!
|Snails and chips!
|That looks different, let's try it!
|Enjoying a chopstick challenge.
|Lunch in the shade of the washing line.
The other thing you can vary is where you eat. If you're tired of talking table manners, maybe eating in the garden for a change, or just having a picnic on a rug on the floor where you can be a bit more flexible is more fun for everyone.
|A picnic in the climbing frame.
|We all love eating "al fresco"
Last year Martin's DIY project was to make a bbq area. If we'd known how few sunny days we were going to get we might not have made it a priority, but it is lovely to have somewhere we can all comfortably sit outside and we do eat out there pretty much any time the weather allows. The boys like helping put bits of veg on skewers and will turn the sausages on the barbecue with a bit of supervision.
So I'm going to counter the old "Don't play with your food.." message. Playing around a bit with how you approach mealtimes can make them a fun experience that adds to your day, rather than ending up as a hassle to be got through.
|Not healthy, but at least you're learning to read!!
Check out this blog for loads of brilliant ideas for presenting food in a different and appealing way.