Getting my picky kids to eat.
Jun. 3, 2011 4:56 pm
Updated: Jun. 10, 2011 12:13 pm
My husband, the love of my life, the father of my children, and a soldier is once again answering that call to duty. He has served his country faithfully for 15 years. Serving 1 deployment to Saudi Arabia, 1 to Kuwait and 1 to Iraq as well as 2 hardship
tours to South Korea (Were we met by the way) on his second and my first trip. He now leaves us again, to Afganistan this time. I vow this, as I did in his other deployments, promised to keep the home fires burning. But this entry isn't about that. Its about
cooking for 2 very picky young children. See Josh (Hubby) isn't a picky eater, rather adventurous like me. Our boys however, super picky. Fustratingly picky, beat my head against a brick wall picky.
Neither Josh or I will tolerate such disrespect toward food so we have installed several rules to deal with dinnertime battles.
1. No saying "I don't like it" unless one has tried it.
2. One must always try it.
3. One must try it whenever the offending food is offered.
4. One is not required to eat offending food, just try it. We call that the "no thank you bite"
5. No snacks or dessert if a "no thank you bite" is not taken or at least one complete portion of one dish isn't eaten.
Being the parents of boys we have decided to call it what it is, beef is called cow, pork is pig and chicken, well that's chicken. Not only do the boys get a kick out of it but they eat it too. This and ranch dressing (or cheese) can make anything more palatable.
Both kids understand these rules, they will be strictly enforced and its easier to comply then argue. Amazingly enough neither child has ever died from consuming offending vegetables, this isn't child abuse and they have found several foods they like. Things
they never would have tried without these rules. My 9 year old loves chickpeas and the slow cooker vegetarian minestrone I forced upon him, however green beans will always be his kryptonite. My 3 year old will eat his weight in steak, roasted potatos and grape
tomatoes but is a mac and cheese purist.
When all is said and done. Mommy isn't a short order cook. If you don't eat what I make you don't eat. If they are hungry enough they will eat what is put in front of them. Breakfast is a short 12 hours away and they are sleeping most of that time.