On the versatility of children’s tastes

From the New York Times’ Motherlode column, stories about children of American parents who have no difficulty adapting to—and preferring—the cuisines of the countries where they eat when young:

A typical day of dining in our home goes something like this: I put out a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast but my son devours my housekeeper’s sticky rice and fried chicken instead. He goes to preschool with his Thai friends and noshes on eggs in brown soup with pork and rice. When I pick him up, the teacher tells me he had two helpings … again.

This doesn’t mean that one has to move abroad to give a child a more varied taste education. Children are often more curious and broad-minded than we give them credit for, whether at home or away.