Nanny Knows Best

Although Mary Poppins may have saved the day with "a spoon full of sugar", Nanny V employs a more pragmatic approach. No magic, just simple love, attention and consistency. And a healthy dose of humour.

I DON'T LIKE BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Posted by Nanny Knows Best
Nanny Knows Best
Guest has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Could it be that children are notoriously fussy eaters due to an evolutionary instinct warning them to avoid unfamiliar foods in case they are dangerous?

Depending on which expert you listen to, it is not your fault you don't like Brussels sprouts, boiled cabbage or chocolate.

Before you reached adulthood, it's likely that you had at least one food which made you squirm. You may have even felt queasy at the sight of it.

However, Dr Lucy Cooke of University College London will tell you a whopping 78% of children inherit a fear of eating unknown foods from their parents.

It's called neophobia.

I read this and had a momentary sense of relief I was not responsible for my distaste of mini round smelly green veg. Laying blame on my parents is so much easier and far less stressful.

One must then conclude that I am merely a descendent of Brussels sprouts hating generations since the dawning of time. Again, I was SO relieved.

That is, until I realised my parents and three of my four siblings hang out for winter and Brussels sprouts season.

Back to google and the learned Yale psychologist, Linda Bartoshuk, who has discovered that some humans are "supertasters".

Aha. We "supertasters" have more taste buds than other mere mortals meaning we taste flavours more intensely. I have won the genetic lottery of an elite race of beings whose claim to fame is in our mouths.

If only my genetic composition gave me the power to cure cancer, solve world peace and work out how to feed fussy eating children.

Like a good recipe, it sometimes takes many ingredients to raise a child well. Patience, experimentation, perseverance, common sense and healthy dose of humour. Nothing too exotic but everything straightforward and loving.

And when Brussels sprouts don't rock your child's boat, try something else green (or red, purple or any other colour for that matter) from mother nature's basket of goodies.
0 votes
Tags: Untagged
  • Print

Recent posts

BOYS WILL BE BOYS

I have always thought the Jesuit religious motto "give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man" far too simplistic. For one thing, th...


Forgot your password?
Click to read our digital edition
Place-Classified-advert-336
TLR-advert-May2014-336

Boarders Dormitory Master-Mistress
We are looking to appoint a Dormitory Mistress/Master for 5 nights per week, weekday evenings and nights only, term time. (35 weeks). [...]

APPLY NOW


Housekeeper to Headmaster
We have an opportunity for an experienced live-out housekeeper. You will provide a cleaning and hospitality service for the Headmaster and his guests and help to ensure the household runs efficiently. [...]

APPLY NOW


Full Time Housekeeper, Nanny
We are looking for a full time, live-out housekeeper/nanny. We are a relaxed young couple living in a large country house, and will have one newborn baby. [...]

APPLY NOW


Experienced Carer, Companion, Housekeeper needed
Our elderly mother needs a live in carer/companion on a part time basis. Must be warm hearted, calm & compassionate, with a good sense of humour. [...]

APPLY NOW


Cook, Housekeeper wanted
Good cooking skills required to cater for light meals for the Principal and a small staff, as well as occasional lunch/dinner parties. [...]

APPLY NOW



MORE JOBS LIKE THESE
Lady-directory-button-NEW

Horoscopes

What the stars have in store for you this week.2017

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter