FROM THE DESK OF Mark Petro
CAN’T GET YOUR KID TO EAT VEGGIES? T ry T hese S trategies
Most mornings, and often at lunch, I can be found at Salem’s Diner on 18th Street in Homewood. Salem’s Diner is owned by my good friend, Wayne Salem. Wayne is the son of the late, great Ed Salem, an All-American football player at the University of Alabama and member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Wayne and I have a lot in common. We both like to laugh and eat good food, including Lebanese food. We are both grandchildren of Lebanese immigrants. There are many great items on the Salem’s Diner menu. For breakfast, most folks prefer the “Trash Can With Lid,” which, for the really hungry, is made with hash browns loaded with onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and sausage and topped with fried eggs. For lunch, most folks prefer the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which was made even more famous by Craig Ferguson from CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Ferguson was in Birmingham to appear at the Comedy Club when he stopped by Salem’s for lunch and ordered the Philly cheesesteak. A few days later, during Ferguson’s monologue on his TV show, he told a national audience that while in Birmingham at Salem’s Diner, he had “the best Philly cheesesteak I ever tasted — and I’m including Philadelphia.” So next time you are in Homewood, please go by Salem’s Diner and tell Wayne that Craig Ferguson and Mark Petro sent you! This month, I would also like to give a special shoutout to my former client, James Davis, who referred his relative to me for representation in an injury claim arising out of a car wreck. The best compliment a lawyer can receive is when a current or former client refers a relative or friend. Thank you, James!
Mealtime with young children can often resemble a scene from “A Few Good Men.”Verbal warfare can break out at any moment, only in this case, it’s about eating vegetables. That comparison may sound extreme, but if you’ve ever tried to convince a young child to eat something they don’t want to, this courtroom power struggle may not sound extreme enough. What if there was a way to avoid this? Creating an environment that is conducive to trying new foods can be very difficult. The individuality of every child makes it even more complicated, because there is no overarching solution. The following strategies might not work in every situation, but give them a try if you find yourself struggling at the dinner table. TWO-THIRDS RULE Good + Simple advocates what the author calls the “two-thirds rule.” By providing two food options you know your child would like and sneaking in a third option, you can encourage your child to slowly expand their palate and open their mind to trying new things. Even if they don’t eat one-third of the new food they dislike, your child will still have consumed a large enough portion to receive the proper nutrients. ONE BITE FOR EVERY YEAR Fit Mama Real Food is a blog run by Heather, a mother of four. She developed a unique strategy to help her kids try new foods. The bargain she makes with her children requires them to have as many bites as their age. So if your child is 3 years old, they have to take three bites. When they turn 4, they have to take four bites. She recommends starting this strategy around 2 years old.
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