I've been investigating what children eat around the world and also what they would have eaten even 50 years or so ago.
What stands out is that many Western countries have subscribed to the "kids food" concept. This didn't seem to be evident when I grew up (cough, many moons ago) and it's certainly not the case in many countries around the world.
To me "kids food" is a smaller, possibly less spicy (as in hot) version of an adult meal. But everywhere we go we are bombarded with advertising, menus and well-meaning adults suggesting that kids "should" be eating chips, pizza and nuggets.
When kids are made to feel that they will be happier eating these foods it's no wonder they are hesitant to chomp a prawn or tackle asparagus.
How can we fix the messaging they are receiving? Do you have any great ideas?