It’s easy to tell you what to do or pontificate about how easy it was for us to get Claire to eat whatever we feed her. But what about real examples? I showed you before when we ate watermelon outside. It was messy, but fun and ended up enjoying the watermelon and Claire. Win, win, win.
Here’s another example to get her to eat her food without a problem. Not that she ever has a problem with food, but sometimes she says she doesn’t want something.
Then if that’s the only choice she has, I have to come up with a creative way of convincing her that this is what she wants and if she has other choices then I either offer those or decide if I want to have a battle or a fun time.
This time was fun. Simple, but fun and effective.
Here’s a photo I posted a while back to Instagram. It’s simple. But to a child, this looks new, intriguing and maybe even appetizing.
So Claire had melon for a couple days for breakfast but we still had a lot. Even though she really likes it, she was getting tired of it so I decided to put the melon baller to good use and present her the food in a new way.
So I carved up some cantaloupe into the balls you see on this plate. I added a few chunks of pineapple. Then I took some organic frozen berries which she also loves and I put them on top then I drizzled some of the juice from the berries.
She ate them like there was no tomorrow even though five minutes earlier she told me she didn’t want cantaloupe.
Sounds a lot like most adults doesn’t?
It’s all about marketing, she ended up liking the visual presentation FIRST, enough to eat a few bites, get past her hunger then forget that she didn’t want that food to begin with then go on to eat a lot more. The rest she ate it just cut into regular cubes like you or I would eat it.
There’s no trick or magic to getting your kids to eat, you just have to understand how they see the world. Same for anything else you want to “get your kids to do” — think differently.