|Try it...Go on. You can do it!|
I praise my kids a lot and when I do, I focus on the effort they gave and the determination they showed, rather than just their success.
By focusing on their effort and they fact they didn't give up, my husband and I hope to foster an environment where our kids are brave enough to try lots of new things.
|A collection of liked food.|
Trying new foods is hard for many people, not just kids. But one of my most popular tips for 30SecondMom highlights our Food Notebook. A counselor suggested we encourage our 4 year old to keep track of foods he didn't like and foods he liked, in a brand-new notebook of his choosing. We added the section on "foods he's not sure he likes."
It's really more of a memory problem combined with pickiness and uncertainty.
Take sweet potato fries. They look very different from regular fries and my 4 year old was scared to try them - but a little ranch dressing tempted him. He loved them!
|Self-portrait of a kid who likes salmon & naan.|
So, his pickiness isn't gone completely but there's a definite decrease in battles to get him to eat food he's already tried and enjoyed.
A lot of parents know it takes around 10 times of trying a new food for a child to develop a taste and enjoy it. That's not true for every kid, or every food.
But developing the attitude, the willingness to try something new - how many times do we need to make ourselves try new things before we develop that habit?
|Even superheroes in disguise try new food|