Talking about Food: Apples and Raisins and Yogurt Oh My!

January 08, 2010

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

Now that Henry's
language is developing, it's becoming more and more interesting to try
to get insight into how his mind works when it comes to food. So now
I get the opportunity to quiz him and talk with him about what he's eating.
What does he think about his food? Can he describe what he's eating? I
want him to think about food in a positive and creative way.

For
breakfast the other day I diced apples to mix with some raisins, yogurt,
honey and a dash of cinnamon. It's all that's good: a combination of
sweet with various fun textures.

And the fun here is getting him to
talk about these textures. He tells me that raisins are mushy like gum
— because gum is chewy. He tells me that apples smell like apples.

Maybe
not Pulitzer Prize-winning material, but raising your kid to appreciate
food takes small steps — including talking and sharing.