Have you ever felt frustration with your child when they refuse to try a new food? Maybe you spent a lot of time whipping up something just for them and they won’t even give it a chance? That was me a few weeks ago with Broccoli Poppers. I was sure they were going to be a hit, but Cole had other plans.
Kids don’t refuse new foods to spite you- they do it because they don’t have as many experiences with foods as adults do. Different colors or textures can be a little scary to our little ones. Keep in mind that every body has different taste buds and you most likely weren’t a fan of vegetables when you were younger. It’s best not to force your children to try new things, but rather encourage them and then reward them for their courage. Having negative experiences with new foods will only complicate things even further.
To help you deal with this issue at home, I created this “I Tried Something New!” chart. Print it out and hang it up in your kitchen. Together with your child, choose a reward that they can earn by trying new foods. Steer clear of food-related rewards (no M&Ms!). Think more along the lines of experiences (a trip to a favorite park) or special toys that they have had their eye on. Every time they try something new, even if it’s just one bite, they can fill in a square with a sticker or just by coloring it in. Once they fill in all 10 squares, they earn their reward and it’s time to print a new chart!
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