When is it that parents realise that they have absolutely no influence over their offspring? I remember being inordinately proud when the first of our three daughters, aged 3, ate a whole bowl of mussels at Belgo. As a toddler she ate everything she was given, and we were very careful to give her the best – no junk food for her. Then she went to school and her influences were her friends first and her teachers second. Before long she was like every other child, with her fads and fancies. Her two sisters followed suit.
These melancholy thoughts came to mind when I watched Slow Food’s Catherine Gazzoli (see here) give a talk at Feastival about their Kiddie’s initiative. To the mother of a new child she must have been inspirational with her advice as to the best way to feed your baby and toddler. I, too, found her inspiring. Remembering her words, I went online and tried out the quiz which they have set to test children on the sounds which various foods make. I scored 2 out of 5. Perhaps I wasn’t the best person to have been advising my children after all.