The gig is up, little friends. You may have had us fooled for a bit, but you’ve been busted, and now we’re totally on to your “picky” ways. You just want us to work for it – to be sneaky, creative and recognize that the truth of the matter is that when it comes to what you’re going to eat: you rule.
So while it might appear that we are waving the white flag and letting you have your cake and eat it too, you are totally unaware that the cake you’re stuffing your face with is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and naturally sweetened with honey. Ha! And while you were sleeping, we had a generous slice guilt-free and thought, “This cake is so nutritious that it could actually be eaten for breakfast!” BUT payback is a real… So we will be the only ones sneaking forkfuls tomorrow morning. #sorrynotsorry
Few battles are as steeply uphill and gruesome as the ones between parents and children at the dinner table, and the awful truth is that, the more we fight it, the worse it gets. Let’s be honest, there are a whole lot of raw emotions. Especially if someone meal planned, grocery shopped, and cooked in the kitchen for a good 45 minutes only to have the “customers” refuse the first bite. So it’s time to acknowledge that while kids rule, we built that kingdom and we have the blueprint.
Here are some of our go-to tips and tricks in getting creative, but this is really just the tip of the iceberg:
- If your kids are under 5, the mode of transportation can be a game changer. Buy some fun flatware, and if they are ready let them try a toothpick, the more fun the better!
- Size matters. If they are trying something new and the first bite is even the littlest bit too big, you have just given them a reason to refuse. Make your kitchen shears your new best friend and keep it (real) bite sized.
- Dip baby, dip! Who doesn’t love to dip? There can be a dip for practically anything. Think outside the box – hummus, guacamole, homemade sauces, etc. We’ll provide the recipes.
- Bring them in the kitchen and give them some doable jobs. The more involved they are, the more likely they are to eat it – we promise!
- Talk about the food. There are so many wonderful reasons to connect your children to their food, including that they will have more interest in it.
- Keep at it. Studies have shown that the more “exposures” kiddos have to foods, the more likely they are to begin willingly eating it. Just because they refuse cooked peas, doesn’t meal they won’t eat them frozen . The moral of the story – try, try again.
We’ve got your back. And your recipe packet. And some stellar information. And a live discussion board to support you. And so, so much more, including the recipe for that cake 🙂 Join us as we kick off for our favorite 12 days dedicated to the little ones. Use the code kidsrule20 for 20% off, and for you early birds, an extra $10 off through Monday! See you on the discussion boards.