The other day, Uncle Eric came over for a visit as he often does. Being the good hosts that The Kids are, they offered him some of what they were snacking on. You know, typical four year old food, chives from the garden. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Kids Snack on Chives.
This isn’t the first time that someone, including Uncle Eric has mentioned that The Kids are good eaters and/or eat weird things. Personally, I never really thought about it because it’s never been an issue for us. However, I know lots of people that fight with their kids to get them to eat anything that isn’t pasta and/or has colour.
I don’t know what the secret is but, if I did, I would share it. Right after I patented it.
Having said that, there are some conscious decisions that we’ve made as parents as it relates to our kids and food. I make no claims that this will work for you or even that it did for us.
Ideas for Getting Your Child to Eat.
- Encourage Them to Try One Bite. I say many truths and untruths to get The Kids to try one bite. I might have even said that “Barney loves it” and/or “Only big kids eat [insert food]”. Bottom line, they won’t know if they like it until they try it. The look of pleasure they get on their face when they try a bite (even if they don’t like it) is priceless.
- Lead by Example. As previously mentioned, Barney has gotten The Kids to try many of bite of things. Sometimes, just seeing how much we love it is enough to get them to try that one bite and you wishing that they never did.
- Don’t Say They Don’t Like It. If others ask me if The Kids like pate, instead of saying “Oh, they don’t like it” (even if they don’t), I try and remember to say “I’m not sure, why don’t you ask them”. More often than not they try a bite. They like to own the right to choose what they eat. I think The Kids eat chives because no one ever told them that they weren’t supposed to like them.
- Grow it. The Kids have been helping me with the garden for three years now. There’s something about planting, weeding and then picking the fruit that makes them want to eat it.
- Watch a Video intended for this Purpose. Almost two years ago, I won a DVD video called Copy Kids. I was so impressed with the results that I wrote an unsolicted review.
- Everything in Moderation. A cookie for breakfast here and there never hurt a child (assuming they don’t have health issues). Have a tea party and a cookie (or two) yourself.
- Don’t Make a Big Deal About it. Put a little bit of everything on their plate. When they look at you like you just grew horns, tell them you thought they liked it. Play cool. Maybe they’ll try it next time.
Do NOT offer them anything that you don’t want to share. Trust me, I learned this the hard way. Look at what happened to my caviar…
Have Any Secrets for Getting your Child to Eat?
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo was compensated several years ago for posts associated with Copy-Kids (as referenced in #5). However, the link in this post was an unsolicited review and we were not compensated for mentioning the company again in this post.