I wanted to share a funny sight from dinner Friday night. While I was dishing up, I found myself laughing and saying "I know this needs to be blogged" so here it is.
I was a picky eater growing up. And if I didn't eat, it was bread and water for dinner...which I gladly ate on the nights of "crock pot".
Both of my boys have picky moments. I read somewhere that a new food needs to be tried eleven times before it can be liked. I have to admit ta ht in my 35 years, I probably have not given broccoli OR cauliflower 11 times.
But we have told the rule to the boys. If we have something new, they are required to eat one "no thank you bite" (I learned this term from my step-mom and love it) and they are told the 11 times rule each time.
The rule has worked. Noah has gone from hating taco night to it being one of his favorites. We are working on several other meals each weekend.
Last Friday night, Steve stopped to get salad fixins to have with our chicken alfredo dinner. For about three weeks now, we have started making Noah try a SMALL bite of lettuce, drowned in dressing.
So, here were the salad portions as served Friday night:
Steve and my bowls
Aaron the four year old (who ate it and wanted more)
Noah the 6 year old and his ONE piece of lettuce.
We'll try to tackle tomatoes after lettuce becomes more tolerable.
To his credit, it was the first week that he didn't complain...just accepted his fate and swallowed it with the help of an entire cup of milk.
Do you make your kids try new foods? What about things you know they don't like?