Do you have trouble getting your child to eat peas or some other vegetable? In keeping with our Friday theme I offer you something different than the usual techniques. If you can let go for a little bit and be a little crazy, this trick is almost guaranteed to get your kids to try them once in a while. This idea comes from a fellow foster parent friend of mine who also has years of experience in early childhood schools and day care. With thanks and kudos to "Mr. Bobby" here it is:
Some Friday "Anything Can Happen Night" prepare the green peas as a side vegetable for dinner. Act really excited about it! Tell them you remember hearing that "x" [peas, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, whatever] is one of the really cool vegetables that you get to eat a special way. Explain that most vegetables kids have to start right out easting with a spoon or fork. But with "x" the first four [or five or six, you choose] times that you eat it you have to eat it a special way. They will probably look at you like your are crazy, but when they ask "How?" go into demonstration mode [Remember it's Anything Can Happen night!]. Put just a few "X"s on your plate.
Usually once a child tries a new vegetable several times, nature takes over and they get to like the vegetable. Then you can explain that they are now old enough to eat them the grownup way and move on.
I don't have any kiddos young enough for this trick right now, but dozens of parents have found this trick to work and swear by it as a "Never Fail" strategy. Works great on peas, brussel sprouts, broccoli, etc. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!
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