Trial by Pancake: Confessions in Child-Feeding
Type of Work
Food and Foodways
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.
Guttman, Naomi, "Trial by Pancake: Confessions in Child-Feeding" (2012). Hamilton Digital Commons.
Hamilton Areas of Study
Literature and Creative Writing