Jenny Mollen wants to make sure her four-year-old son tries as many new foods as possible, even if he knows that some of his efforts could be in vain.
The actress and writer, 39, often shares photos of the elaborate lunches she packs for her son Sid on her Instagram account, sometimes with the humorous hashtag #dictatorlunches.
But as she struggles to offer her four-year-old son the widest possible variety, Jenny recently explained that she does not care if Sid really eats all his food, and just wants him to be constantly exposed to new options.
Parents: Jenny Mollen, 39, has two children with Jason Biggs, 40, and often prepares elaborate lunches for Sid, the oldest of four
Menu: Last week, Jenny shared a photo of one of Sid's lunches, which included sautéed sesame salmon, rice, a mixture of avocado and yellow pepper, and a salad with goat cheese and apples.
Question: The actress and mother of Jenny, Busy Philipps, 39, who has two daughters of 10 and 5 years, intervened to congratulate Jenny and ask if Sid really eats all his food.
Strategy: But Jenny explained in her legend that her priority is not making sure that Sid eats all the tasty foods she brings to school, and that she just wants to expose him to new options
Jenny has two children with the actor Jason Biggs, 40: Sid and Lazlo, four years, 11 months.
When Sid returned to school last week, Jenny took Instagram to share a photo of her impressive lunch box.
That day, Sid dipped in sautéed sesame salmon, rice balls in the shape of hearts, a mixture of avocado and yellow pepper, vegetable protein bites, dark chocolate made with coconut sugar, organic strawberries and a mini salad covered with cheese Goat and apples.
The actress and mother of Jenny, Busy Philipps, 39, who has two daughters of 10 and 5 years, intervened to congratulate Jenny and ask if Sid really eats all his food.
"It looks amazing," he wrote. & # 39; Do you eat it? & # 39;
End of summer: Sid (pictured with his parents in 2016) returned to school last week
Fantasy: Last week, Jenny shared this photo of one of Sid's lunches that included a garden salad covered with edible flowers, as well as chicken, vegetables, cheese, cookies and fruit
Yum! On Monday, he joked that his son would be full of b *** h & # 39; with a lunch of chickpea fries, cashew butter and fig jam, apple slices, berries, yogurt and a Ricola
Balanced: in May, he shared an image of Sid's lunchbox filled with orange slices, French fries, a bowl of tacos with wild trout and yogurt with berries, almonds and chocolate chips
But Jenny explained in her Instagram photo cap that her priority is not making sure that Sid eats all the tasty foods she brings to school.
"Note: I do not care how much he eats," he wrote. "It's more about constant exposure and overcoming its limits."
Providing the same food several times to children can be a way to help them expand their tastes. Some children may need to be presented with the same food 10 to 15 times before they are willing to try it according to Zero to Three, a non-profit organization that helps parents and professionals care for babies.
Other Instagram users intervened, including a nanny who considered Jenny's capture "super powerful."
"I'm a nanny and I always say that if we do not give the children good food they will definitely not eat it …" wrote that person. & # 39; If we do it, then there is a better chance! & # 39;
Someone else, however, found the strategy a waste.
Food: in June, he posted a photo of one of Sid's lunches made with carrots and mixed nuts, shrimp and grits with broccoli and corn bread, mango, strawberries, Greek yogurt topped with chunks of chocolate and the remains of one of your protein bars
Bon Appetite! Earlier this week, Sid went to school with a wrap of tuna salad, roasted potatoes, cheese, broccoli, peppers, olives, organic strawberries and dried kiwi
Detailed: In March, Jenny posted this photo of one of Sid's lunches that included roasted cauliflower, raspberries, sushi, cucumber slices in the shape of stars and a date filled with peanut butter and chocolate chips
"Great, do not you care if you waste all that food just so you can be exposed to salmon and salad? Come on … I'm not even going to say how irresponsible that is, & # 39; wrote the Instagram user.
"I love that you want your tastes to be unlimited, but wasting food while the children of our country are starving … and can you tell me where all of that comes from? Local, I hope … but I guess not.
"Nobody is impressed that your four-year-old son has better lunches than 98 percent of the rest of the world."
Another father said that his own son would probably only eat the apples and rice that were in the lunchbox, and that the rest would end up being "wasted food and money."
Jenny has shared many photos of Sid's sophisticated lunches in recent months.
In May, he shared an image of Sid's lunchbox filled with satsuma orange slices, French fries, a mini taco bowl topped with wild trout and coconut yogurt with berries, almonds and chocolate chips.
Okay: after Jenny said she does not care how much food Sid eats, a nanny said the comment resonated with her.
Chiming in: Someone else, however, said in a comment that they found the strategy wasteful
Picky eater: Another father said that his own son would probably only eat the apples and rice that were in the lunchbox, and that the rest would end up being "wasted food and money".
Family: Jenny also has an 11-month-old son named Lazlo (pictured with her)
Asking: Busy Philipps (pictured with her daughters Birdie, now 10, and Cricket, now five, in a file photo), 39, Jenny was asked on Instagram if Sid eats his lunches
& # 39; This could be a cry for help. I NEED TO GET A F ****** G JOB FAST! she wrote at that time.
On Monday, he joked that his son would be "full of basic food with a lunch of chickpea fries, cashew butter and fig jam, apple slices, berries, yogurt and Ricola candy.
In June, he shared a snapshot of the Sid & # 39; southern style lunch & # 39; It included pancake bites, chicken fingers, syrup, mac and cheese, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream.
That same month, he posted a photo of one of Sid's summer lunches made from carrots and mixed nuts, shrimp and semolina with broccoli and cornbread, mango, strawberries, Greek yogurt topped with chunks of chocolate and the remains from one of your protein bars.