I’ve read Karen Le Billon’s French Kids Eat Everything cover to cover. While my daughter is not a picky eater, we still do not live in a country like France. In our household we have snacks here and there and we certainly repeat dinners from time to time. When Karen and her husband moved to France for a year with their two daughters they were faced with a difficult situation: how to adjust their children to French eating habits. It sounds like Karen’s children were picky eaters to begin with so forcing them to assimilate to a new culture and cuisine overnight was no easy challenge. Her book deftly chronicles their year in France and how she discovered 10 simple rules for raising healthy, happy eaters. They are not actually written rules in France, but more like the general unspoken rules of the culture.
Of course, discovering the rules was one thing, but enforcing them was another. Karen discloses all of their experiences from the difficult to the hilarious in how she taught her two children to love food and eat like the French. After all, if French kids happily eat everything on their plate and don’t believe in picky eating, why shouldn’t ours? Here are 10 simple rules gleaned by Karen Le Billon for how to teach your children to eat like a French kid. (They are in no particular order):
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