Academic library folk can party! Every year we went to a swank restaurant owned by an Italian celebrity chef. My former micropreemie, now toddling, came to work with me a couple of days a week and was also invited.
It was a pasta restaurant, his favorite! Yummy comfort foods — what’s not to love?
There was a much-anticipated $5 gift swap, wine, and small talk. A little more wine. Appetizers. Then we picked from a special menu pulled together just for us — a trio of extremely lovely highbrow pastas. Gnocchi with duck; garganelli with Prosciutto, peas, and cream; ravioli with wild boar and rosemary.
Fudgey, creamy, or spicy. Uh oh.
Luckily, I had backup.
I found our waiter and, with big smiles and nodding my head, made my request. My cheeks felt flushed. Again. I sat at the big round six-top with Peanut on my lap.
I ate; he didn’t.
CLICK to tweet: If you have a sensory or food-averse kid, you know — you cannot wait them out. They’d rather not eat. At the six-top, my coworkers noticed, looked worried, asked if he was feeling okay. I was still smiling wide, nodding, and now sweating, too. And still flushed.
If you have a picky kid, you’ve probably stuck food in your purse a time or a hundred.
Finally the waiter came out with my secret weapon — purse nuggets! In those days purse nuggets were my constant companion; just throw them in frozen and by lunch they’re ready to heat up.
He’s still picky at 13, but it’s okay. In the decade since then, I’ve worked out a system and he’s come a long way. He’s no longer underweight and I don’t fret about his diet.
Purse nuggets got us through some scary times, and I am grateful to the nugget inventors of the world. But shifting to a deliberate family culture around food has changed everything. He’s become curious and he even eats outside his comfort zone — and points it out, haha.
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Purse nuggets be gone!