I hope that it was no coincidence that a few days after mentioning that I had taken my father a jar of Nutella in the hope that it would perk him up a bit I got invited to join a group of bloggers for a Nutella Breakfast briefing at Legoland.
I mentioned this to a male friend and he commented that in which case it was about time I started mentioning other things I might like, for example:-
Large houses on the river
Lovely holidays in exotic places
Some really strange looking tortuous exercise machine that my daughter has seen on the Discovery channel that she wants but I keep telling her won’t work
So. Lets see what happens…..
In the meantime, thank you to the Nutella team who provided a very informative forum in which to learn a little more about balanced breakfasts and the psychology of feeding children. Professor Karen Pine gave a very interesting talk reminding us all of the need to relax when it comes to feeding children and when you forget, it is worth remembering EAT:-
E = Set a good Example
A = Don’t give them to much Attention
T = Try, try and try again with food they don’t like – keep reintroducing it
….and I was thinking my children are SO not neophobic when it comes to Nutella – I have to hide it.
Sian Porter the lovely dietician, reminded us about how breakfast was the most important meal of the day and how a balanced diet was made up.
THEN we were given a demonstration by Alan Coxon of exotic things to do with Nutella (not sure necessary – I am quite happy eating it directly out of the jar now I know it’s hazelnut spread and not chocolate spread and therefore not as bad for me as I had thought):-
and then got us to create our own ideas – we made Humpty Dumpty sitting on a Legoland wall:-
So a big thank you for our day – my son got involved in some of the cooking which was his idea of heaven – especially as Alan gave him a signed copy of his cookbook – in fact being a young chef in the making, I think he preferred that bit even more that being let loose in Legoland for the afternoon!