I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I had to fight with my three-year-old to try out new foods. Now let me clear out what “new” means. “New foods”, when it comes to me feeding it to my toddler means either one of two things:
- The same kind of food but cooked differently. For example, mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes. They’re both potatoes but they are prepared and cooked differently.
- Something totally new. Something she has never tried before.
I used to envy other parents whenever I see their kids eat whatever is laid out in front of them. There’s no “I don’t want that” or “I don’t like it”. They just eat while I’m on the other side struggling to get my kid to take even a single bite.
I now have come to realize my daughter has specific tastes of her own ad once in a while, I would need to navigate around it. However, one trick I found works with her whenever I’m introducing something new is telling her this:
Simply try it. If you don’t like it, I won’t ask again.
This works 99% of the time. It allows her to decide for herself if she’ll like what I put in her mouth or not. If she says it’s yummy, I’ll ask her if she wants more. If not, then I stop. More often than not, she ends up coming back and asking for more.
I think becoming a parent has made me more aware of raising a person who not only eat a variety of food, but also is willing to try those he/she has never had before.
What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks into getting your toddlers or kids to eat new foods?