Kubla goes to a friend’s house for a play date. They invite him to stay for dinner. The second he comes home, he asks for a snack.
“A snack? Didn’t you just have dinner?”
“I didn’t really eat,” he explains. “I didn’t like it.”
The chicken isn’t exactly what he’s used to. They have a different kind of bread than we do. His friend’s mom doesn’t cut the vegetables in the right shape.
“You didn’t like it? Did you try it?”
“No. I just know I don’t like it.”
“Kubla, you can’t go to a friend’s house for dinner and then not eat.”
“But what if I don’t like it?”
“Take a baby bite of everything they serve, and spit out anything you don’t like.”
“Spit it out?”
“Quietly in your napkin, yeah.”
“How big is a baby bite?”
“The smallest amount you can put on your fork and still really taste it.”
The next week he comes back from dinner at his friend’s house again.
“Well,” I ask, “how was dinner?”
“I didn’t like the chicken, but the miso soup and broccoli were great! Can I have a snack?”
One step at a time.
How do you get your kids to eat unfamiliar foods?
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