A mum has revealed that she feeds her kids dinner and dessert at the same.
Whilst it might seem like an alien idea to a lot of people, TikTok user @myeverydaytable swears by it.
Emily Dingmann responded to a fellow TikTok user who asked: “Why do they get dessert with dinner?” in a video that has been viewed 1.6 million times – and her reason why made a lot of sense.
She said: “Yes, I serve dessert with dinner.
“I’m going to repeat that, I serve dessert with dinner – at the same time.”
Before she told people why she does this, she stressed that it’s important to note that the portion size is a “child-size portion.”
“So, this is not a huge ice-cream sundae, this is like a single cookie,” she said.
Emily continued: “The number one reason why I do this is because it helps keep food really neutral and it doesn’t give more power or less power to any one food.
“So, what we accidentally do a lot is if we give children a dessert after they eat a bite of broccoli, we’re actually implying that the broccoli tastes bad and desserts taste good and this just sends the wrong message.”
She added: “Another reason is that it allows children to listen to their own hunger cues and not overeat or undereat because they’re trying to compensate and save room for dessert or they forgot to save room and now dessert is offered.”
Since being posted, the video has been liked 248,000 times and has received 2,300 comments from users who agreed with her reasoning.
One person replied: “I love this because I’m so tired of hearing: ‘what’s for dessert?’.
“It is also a bad habit to believe dessert comes after every dinner.”
“I’m always interested that people are surprised by this, it’s not any different than packing all the food in one lunch box,” commented another.
While a third revealed: “I always did this too. Is this why my child asked for a CAN OF CORN FOR DESSERT THE OTHER DAY?!?”
“As a dental hygienist, having sweets with a meal is also a great way to minimise cavity risk,” said a fourth.
Someone else added: “I also feel like this cancels out the idea that dessert is a ‘reward’. Food shouldn’t be equated with good or bad, it’s nourishment (ofc moderation).”