My daughter was the last to walk in her group of toddler friends. She was also the last to potty train, but the first to talk. She learned to tie her shoes more than eight months ago, and still struggles with that skill, but in only three months has adopted a perfectly formed “claw” for capturing three-note chords when playing the piano. She is nowhere near being able to whistle.
Kids take months and years to learn and refine their many skills and talents. Good eating habits are no different. Yet, we sometimes expect our kids to be instantaneously good or healthful eaters because we either model good eating or we tell them (what feels like a million times) that they can’t have ice cream before dinner, or seven juice boxes in a day.