Cooking food from scratch takes time, but it’s worthwhile when you consider you’re shaping your child’s tastes; mentally fast-forward two years and think about how easy it will be to get your child to eat broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach. “If you don’t do it now, you’ll suffer later when your toddler’s palate is just one note, and all he’ll eat is pizza, chicken nuggets, and mac ’n’ cheese,” says Daulter. But don’t beat yourself up if your kids are past the 3-year mark and subsist largely on pizza. “I have four kids and I didn’t figure this out until later,” admits Greene. “But it’s never too late for today’s good choices to make tomorrow better.”