“I’d Really Like To Eat a Child” by Sylviane Donnio


Growing up in the 80’s, we had two kinds of food: local and seasonal. Everyone ate everything. Nowadays, kids have the most unusual foods from around the world, available all year round. And our children’s menu could not be more limited and monotonous.   Like in the previous post, I am not speaking for everyone. Luckily. But unfortunately, for a vast majority of the little people. It doesn’t really make sense, does it? Naturally, it’s not about making children eat everything, but we all know that the more versatile their food, the healthier their bodies and smarter their brains. Besides, children’s selective eating habits  seem to be a curse for many parents, who out of hopelessness end up cooking mac-and-cheese every night. After all, a child needs to eat something, right? Well, yes, as long as that ‘something’ is healthy. So, what triggers this perplexing  fussiness and is there any cure for our fastidious eaters?

Let’s start off with the… parents. As far as the diet goes, our choices definitely influence those of our children. In other words, like parent, like child. Picky eaters don’t grow on trees, but they blossom in families with picky parents.  At the same time, the more adventurous the parents, the more experimental the children with regard to food. This is exactly how our son took to lamb kebab at the age of four. He watched his buddy-daddy, enjoy it. The trick wasn’t as effective with broccoli and green beans, though, so don’t count on 100% of effectiveness using this method. But neither does it mean that it comes with a snag. Children have a taste of their own and we should respect their opinion. As long as it is sensible, of course. Our son eats lots of veggies, so we don’t bug him about the few he skips.

But skipping doesn’t mean endless substituting. Nothing good comes from that. Too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many options spoil a good eater. Sometimes, waiting it out is the best remedy for a fussy child.

This is exactly what happened to a little crocodile.  Achilles was raised on a banana breakfast diet, enforced by his parents. But one day he just simply changed his mind. He really wanted to eat a child. His parents tried to talk him out of it and  offered other options, from a  hotdog to a chocolate cake, but all in vain. Finally,  Achilles got so weak and hungry that asked for a… banana. (in order to grow big enough to eat a child, but never mind)

Despite its morbid title, “I’d Really Like To Eat a Child” by Sylviane Donnio,  is a yummy treat for picky eaters and  easy eaters alike. This lively and amusing story, humorously illustrated by Dorothee De Monfreid, might also be a handy tool for the parents worrying about their children’s unhealthy eating habits. You definitely don’t want your children to starve, but nothing enhances appetite better than an empty tummy. Ask Achilles.

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