“Is she a good eater?” (Enjoying food with a toddler)

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As the mother of a toddler, I am often asked about my 21-month old daughter’s eating habits. In fact, on our recent trip to Spain, it was the topic of many conversations with friends and family (perhaps because food is such an integral part of the Spanish culture?)

¿Cóme bien? (Is she a good eater?)

¿Lo come todo? (Does she eat everything?)

¿Cómo consigues que coma las verduras? (How do you get her to eat vegetables?)

These questions – all from a place of good intentions and honest curiosity – have left me wondering, how do we define “good (or “bad”) eaters? and, I certainly don’t eat everything!, and I don’t! I can’t make her do anything!

So, for those of you curious how D. and I maneuver the tricky culinary adventures of eating with a toddler, I thought I’d share what I have learned from more seasoned parents, as well as from my own reading into RIE parenting and Montessori. Continue reading

On my bedside table (and, in my Feedly) – part 6

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 (Photo via Kate Ter Haar, Flickr CC)

And, everything that I have read is a part of me.

So, in that spirit, I periodically share with you what I’ve been reading, both books on my bedside table and links that pop up in my Feedly. While the heart and soul of this blog is bilingual parenting, there are other topics that interest me.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. And, you? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading

On My Bedside Table (and, in my Feedly) – part 4

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I have found that one of the best ways to combat the winter blues is to read.

Due to below zero temps here on the East Coast of the United States, E. and I have had to find fun and creative ways to keep busy indoors. And, that’s meant lots of reading (never a bad thing, regardless of the weather!).

A few months back, I started a mini-series here on the blog about the books I’m currently reading (on my bedside table) and the on-line articles and blogs that have caught my attention in my Feedly and twitter accounts. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. Continue reading

Roscón de Reyes – lessons from a Spanish pastry

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Who knew a Spanish pastry had something to teach me?

Yesterday, D. and I introduced E. to her first Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day, or Epiphany).

For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday (and, the pastry): In the Christian faith, Epiphany commemorates the Magi’s visit and presentation of gifts to the baby Jesus, as well as celebrates his incarnation and manifestation to the non-Jews (Gentiles). “In Spain, roscones bought in pastry shops have a small figure hidden inside, either of a baby Jesus or little toys for children, as well as the more traditional dry fava bean. Whoever finds the figure is crowned “king” or “queen” of the celebration, whereas whoever finds the bean has to pay for the next year’s roscón or Epiphany party.” (Wikipedia) Continue reading

“I thought he was making a side dish” – Food as pleasure, as identity

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WARNING: Many photos of delicious Spanish food accompany this post. Do NOT read hungry. (You have been warned.)

“I thought he was just going to make a veggie side dish,” my mom reacts as the food continues to stream in from the grill outside.

“Well, you know D.,” I respond. “He loves food, and he loves to cook.”

“I know, but he didn’t need to. We have plenty of food.”

“Yes, but, he wanted to,” I reassure her. Continue reading