|Spencer eating pad thai with the ZOE kids.|
Our eldest child, Tobiah however, was 4 years old when we moved. And, for him, the past 15 months of eating the food here has been a real issue.
Tobi has always been the pickiest eater out of our three children and on top of that, we recently discovered that he also has some sensory processing difficulties, which probably makes it even more challenging for him to adjust to certain foods that he naturally wants to avoid.
So what do you do when you have a child that just WILL NOT eat certain foods? Well, I'm sorry but I don't know that I have the answer to this question. I believe that every child is so different and what "works" for one may not work for another.
But since making a choice to be over here, we knew that not eating Thai food was not an option- not in the long term anyway.
I would say that it took a good 10 or so months until we started to noticing a change in Tobi's attitude towards food. From constantly asking for, craving and talking about "western" foods to now being able to eat the same things as the rest of the family and trying new foods on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis; you can understand how happy we are that bit-by-bit he's adjusting.
We definitely haven't arrived, my son still LOVES pizza, lasagna, tacos, nachos, pasta and all the home-made baking that remind him of life in Australia, but he is also able to enjoy some of the wonderful flavors and textures of the food here too.