Toddlers can be picky eaters.
Making lunch for a toddler can be a humbling experience. Imagine serving someone at a restaurant who can’t speak, has a limited diet, and is really picky.
Oh yeah, they also like throwing food.
Getting a meal wrong means you most likely have to throw the whole thing out which is a terrible waste of food and money. Plus, the kid will still be hungry which means you’re stuck with a grumpy toddler.
But here’s the rub: If your child doesn’t want want the first meal you prepare, if you make another one, they’ll become even more picky because they know f they keep refusing to eat, they’ll eventually get what they like.
This leaves parents in a no-win-scenario.
Model/TV host Chrissy Teigen attempted to solve this parental dilemma by creating a picture menu for her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Luna. The menu is a classy-looking binder that Luna can flip through and then choose what she feels like eating.
Teigen even included prices!
The menu includes tasty, toddlerific offerings, including:
Ham and cheese “Lunables”
Cereal with bananas
A grilled cheese sandwich
Crispy fish sticks
I made a restaurant for my 2 and a half year old pic.twitter.com/bqQ40bFQ4F— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 18, 2018\n
Like just about everything Teigen does, the menu was a hit on social media with parents everywhere applauding her ingenuity.
My Mom did this for us in the 70's. We even got a real coffee shop bill with the total cost, we paid by the rule of kiss the cook, paid in full.— Janis(@janismullan) December 18, 2018\n
Our 4 yr old has verbal apraxia, a speech disorder. My wife made binders with velcro strips and pictures of all kinds of things so he could tell us what he wanted or needed. Really helped him feel like he had a voice and could choose from an early age.— Darin M. (@darinmbob) December 18, 2018\n
This could actually work tho. Cause if she’s picking the same thing every time you can take it off the menu.— Heather. (@HarmonyHunter14) December 18, 2018\n
adopt me please— Nat Fiorani (@nat_fiorani) December 18, 2018\n
Can I order some Chicken Tenders please?— Fat Kid Deals (@FatKidDeals) December 18, 2018\n
My kids are in their rooms packing. They want to live with you now.— Ilene C. Asuncion (@ilenecas) December 19, 2018\n
At my house lately, the menu would be “PBJ. Lucky Charms. End of list.”— Michelle Renz (@mmurka) December 18, 2018\n
This is absolutely genius! My 2 yo is speech delayed so this would make meal time so much easier!— Amy Fox (@amyfoxfitness) December 18, 2018\n