As you might know, three course meals are rather common in France and are not solely reserved to the experience of eating out at a restaurant. In most French households, it is very typical to start with some kind of starter, called entrée, then move on the main meal, called plat principal, and then finish off with some cheese or dessert…let’s face it, most of the time it’s both, which brings us really to a 4 course meal.
As a matter of fact, French kids get accustomed to this tradition very early on both at home or at school, if they eat in the cafeteria, called la cantine. (If you curious to know what comprises a typical school lunch in France, check out this very informative blog from Karen Le Billion author of French kids eat everything or read this article. More to come on this subject in September so stay tuned.)
This is a long introduction to my topic. What I want to talk about today is desserts, and more precisely, whether kids should be eating desserts after eating their meal.
My husband often cringes when I give some sort of dessert to our daughter and says “does she really need the sugar?”
As a French native, a meal for me is not complete without some sort of sugar. Sometimes it’s the natural sugar of a fruit and sometimes it’s not so natural… my daughter goes crazy for those.
I am curious to hear about your experience? Do you give desserts to your children? What are your rules?