Article Title

Trial by Pancake: Confessions in Child-Feeding

Type of Work

Article

Date

6-7-2012

Journal Title

Food and Foodways

Journal ISSN

0740-9710

Journal Volume

20

Journal Issue

2

First Page

93

Last Page

101

DOI

10.1080/07409710.2012.680351

Abstract

This reflective essay focuses on the experiences of my foodie family and son, who, from the age of eighteen months, chose to eat a very selective diet. Specifically, the article explores the ways in which the desire to share what we enjoy with our children can conflict the parental responsibility of supporting children nutritionally and emotionally through the minefield of control that is the family table. I review child-feeding manuals as well as the literature on picky eaters and super tasters, and recount my experience with nutritionists and medical doctors. In discussing my personal situation and how what a child eats does and does not matter, I expose family tensions and expectations relating to child-feeding.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Literature and Creative Writing

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