2,638 Easy Steps to Get Your Toddler to Eat Vegetables
I have good news and bad news. First, the good: it's actually quite simple to get kids of all ages to eat plant matter. Guaranteed.
The bad news: this blog post will not discuss any advice about coercing young humans to consume green things. Plenty of time for that later. Rather, it is to serve as an introduction to my latest reason to not sleep at night.
Baby #4 is 13 months old, and she has been sleeping through the night for over a quarter of her life now. Overwhelmed with feeling so rested, I have decided to take advantage of the domain name I registered almost 9 months ago. It's a name I chose after pondering this project for over 8 years.
For those who know me, you know I love telling stories. I also love recording memories, which for the past few years has primarily been in the form of photography and social media. It certainly has not been in the form of baby books, 3/4 of which sit unopened in their boxes. Another day.
My goal in starting this blog is primarily self-serving. I want a creative outlet, a place to record my memories from today, tomorrow, and years past. My children are growing and changing, and I always want to remember now.
My secondary goal is to be a source of practical advice from a parent of 4 who happened to attend medical school and complete a residency in pediatrics. You'll see some editorials on hot topics in pediatrics (vaccines, anyone?), some lists of books and resources I find helpful, and some anecdotes about how I personally have approached a multitude of child-rearing dilemmas.
I'll state the obvious by reminding you that these will be my opinions, that this is not intended to be medical advice, and that you should always seek care from your child's own doctor. But I'm happy to have a voice to address some of the burning questions that parents have today. After all, babies don't come with instruction books, so we're all here trying to do the best we can at raising good future-grownups. I'll give you a hint: vegetables help.