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Why Should You Teach Your Children to Eat Everything on Their Plate

Have you ever seen a kid who finishes every single item on the plate, without wasting even a teeny tiny bit of food? Ate everything whether he/she loves it or not? We used to be that kind. Smaller kids were often asked to sit beside me during family gatherings, to learn ‘The art of eating’ from me. There was even this one cousin who sat beside me and copied every move of mine, just like a copycat.

Now, you may ask why I was so keen on finishing everything on my plate. No! It’s not because I was thoughtful of the world’s hunger, poverty, and other colossal disasters. But because of something which my mother told me once.

This happened a while ago when I was around five or six years old. My family was attending a relative’s wedding. The wedding ceremony was over, and we all moved on to the most interesting part of the wedding, the banquet. It was an elaborate banquet, in which about 24-26 dishes are served.

Getting back to our story; the party began and the servers started setting out the dishes one by one on the table. I got so overwhelmed seeing all of them and told my mother, “Mom, I cannot eat all this.”. Then pointed to a few curries which are not my favorites, and continued, “I don’t like these. You can put them away.”

Just like any other mother would, she said, “No dear. They are very tasty and healthy, and can make you super strong,”

“NO! Move them away.” I screeched.

With a smile on her face, my mother asked me, “Why would I move them away? If you don’t want it, you can leave it there.”

“But, I want my plate to be clean once I finish! How can it be so if I don’t eat everything?” I whined.

My mother couldn’t contain her laugh. She asked, “So if you don’t like something, you will just get rid of it by giving it to others?”

Instead of replying, I just looked at her with my puppy eyes, to melt her heart, and lure her to take the food away from my plate. She pinched my cheeks and continued, “If you didn’t want it, why didn’t you say no while serving? So now that it’s on your plate, you have to eat it. You can’t pass your responsibilities to others all the time.”

I kept being stubborn and asking her to remove the dishes. Then, she said, “OK. I won’t take it, but I can give you an idea to help you eat all, and to have a clean the plate at the end. Eat the dishes you don’t like first. Once you start tasting the ones you like afterward, the bad ones’ taste will slowly fade, and you can pleasantly enjoy the rest of the banquet.”

That sounded like a great idea to me. And, that’s when I started finishing everything off my plate, no matter what. Although she said that just about the banquet, knowingly or unknowingly, I am following that advice for everything in my life. I complete the jobs that are harder first, followed by the ones I love to do. I try to tick off the tasks that make me dread or tired, to be left with things that bring happiness.

From preparing for the harder subjects first for exams to looking into the time-consuming issues first at work, I followed this principle for everything. And, it always worked perfectly. Even now a stay-at-home mom, I make an effort to finish the time-consuming and backbreaking jobs first thing in the morning. This way, at the end of the day, I get some time to relax and enjoy some quality me-time, read a book, write a blog, or just scroll through Instagram.

Finish Everything On Your Plate – Best Life Advice Ever

By making your children finish their plates, you are pointing to fact that It’s their life. Take control of it. Say No, if you are not up for something. Sometimes you end up falling into crazy things anyway, and it’s OK. In such cases, take in the good things and move on.

Sometimes in life, there will be situations that you didn’t sign up for. But, look for the positive aspects because everything you come across teaches you something and helps you grow. If you tried your best and couldn’t attain the expected result is a whole different thing. It happens, and there is nothing wrong with taking second chances.

And, of course, You are a brilliant soul who knows that poison is not to be eaten, but wiped out clean from your plate. We need not mention it explicitly that useless and toxic things need to be chucked right away from life.

Always feel good to get rid of unwanted things in life. Why would you spend a single more second on something you cannot tolerate, or does you no good? Agree?

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