The truth is, I'm pretty inconsistent when it comes to mealtimes. Sometimes I get worried about what they're eating (or refusing to eat) and I try stealth methods of ferrying more fruits and vegetables through their whine-holes. Sometimes I just dole out the millionth bowl of macaroni and cheese and hope the addition of a Spider-Man vitamin helps stave off the scurvy.
Both our kids are fairly resistant to new things and could happily live on pasta, applesauce, yogurt, frozen waffles, and peanut butter sandwiches. When our youngest was a baby I was positive he was going to be the adventurous eater -- he chowed on everything from pad thai to dog hair, but once he hit that mystical age of Toddler Resistance he was just like his brother: deeply suspicious of anything not formed of simple carbohydrates.
Healthy food is important to me and I often worry I'm not doing a better job of making sure my kids are eating the right things. I worry about what kinds of food choices they'll make when they're older and how much I can influence that now. I worry about all the crap that's in packaged foods and what kind of effect it might have on a small growing body.
But I also worry about fighting over food, nagging about food, insisting they finish something on their plate. Sometimes I just don't have the energy or time to put together a meal I know they won't even like. Sometimes, to be honest, it's just easier to boil a pot of noodles -- because at least I know they'll eat that.
They don't always get fish crackers and M&Ms, but they sometimes do. They don't always get a healthy meal with all food groups represented, but they sometimes do. Sometimes we eat homemade whole foods as a family, sometimes we order a big fat greasy pizza and take it to the park. I know I could be doing a better job with their diets, but I hope it mostly balances out in the end.
How about you guys? Are you strict about healthy eating for your kids, totally lax, or somewhere in the middle?