"what a grown person likes to eat or drink depends largely on what that person was trained to eat or drink while a child"
"no small responsibility therefore, for both the health and enjoyment of a child, devolves on him who has in hand the training of a childs appetite"
"if the parents are tender hearted and lovingly indulgent toward their children, they are quite likely to show them favour by giving them those things which please a childs palate, or which are favorites with the parents themselves .. and so the child is trained in the wrong way of eating, at the very time when he most needs training in the right way"
"when a mother says "my boy won't eat potatoes" or " he won't eat tomatoes" or " he will eat no meat but beef", she simply confesses to her culpable failure of duty in the training of her boys appetite"
"by the correct training a child learns to eat what they ought to eat;and when they had come to years of maturity they realized the value of this training, which had made them the rulers of their appetite, instead of being its slave"
Well, I can laugh and very much appreciate this wisdom because I know that progress is certainly been and being made with my boy ..he will (reluctantly and with protest at times) eat tomatoes in sauce for his spaghetti .. and he will accept some potatoe it happens to be in his eggs done in a Spanish style tortilla .. and maybe a few french fries occasionally.
But back to the book it is a great great chapter and did I already mention he is writing this in 1890!!!! I mean what! He also talks about taste and the importance of just having your child taste something .. also he talks about appetite and how eating anything between meals is terrible for the appetite .. and finally I could give so many more great quotes from his teaching but i will finish with one last concept he touches on of letting the child have the "privilege" to refuse a meal and allowing them to go hungry which will then bring them a better appetite "a hungry zest to eat with unfeigned heartiness" for the next meal.
A great read and inspiration to keep forging ahead!