Comments: Good Eatin'

Sounds like a sane approach. Our kids are usually pretty good about things, and we have experimented on a few occasions to surprisingly good results - oldest now adores avocado (though only raw form - guacamole doesn't do it for her). Mrs. read something recently that says a kid needs to try a new food ten times before they can be depended on to eat or not eat it.

Two things drive me crazy, though - when something they used to scarf down is no longer palatable, and the fact that they can be very difficult when asked to try something. The tongue sticks out, a molecule crosses the airspace between food and tongue, and the inevitable "I don't like it." That's why our usual rule is they have to chew and swallow one bite before they say "no".

Posted by skinnydan at June 23, 2006 07:02 AM

We pretty much have the same approach--we expose the kiddos to as much as we can. Both John and I have spent time in Thailand, so Thai food is a staple--spices and all. Our daughter eats just about anything and is willing to try anything. She is quick to try onions again...and again...and again...hoping to like them. My son is not so easy. He has a few favorites and likes little else. But he has to at least try everything to get seconds of the foods he likes. I 'm hoping the exposure will develop his taste buds more to our suitings!

Posted by Amy at June 23, 2006 09:05 AM

My kids have always been pretty adventuresome. There is the one daughter that won't eat saurkraut and the other that won't eat liver, but I credit their easy tolerance (wrongly or rightly, can't be too sure) with never throwing out leftovers. My mother never did and I never have so on really busy days, supper might be nothing more than a scramble fry of diced potatoes, weiners, shredded cabbage, and a few kernals of corn with spices like dill or cajun thrown in to knock it up a notch and raw celery or carrot sticks on the side. May sound ugly to some but it is one way to keep a palate confused and non-discriminating. :)

Posted by Roberta S at June 23, 2006 11:52 AM

"...check again when they are bigger" is certainly a reasonable approach, IMHO.

The only thing is that when our daughter got bigger, she ended up with a whole palate full of things that she didn't check first with ME, hummus and a whole lotta vegetarian "specialties" being at the top of the list.

Though, to be fair, she did give us a clue about the whole vegetarian thing when she turned 3 and selected for her birthday meal with the family "hicoombur and ice," variously known as cucumber and rice. And that's pretty much the way it stayed: any vegetable (including the "dreaded" broccoli), fruit, starch, and dairy product (I guess eggs aren't a dairy product, but you get the drift) was fair "game" for her. Anything else, fuhgedaboudit.

Posted by Patricia at June 25, 2006 11:43 AM

Same philosophy here - but I have noticed that texture has a lot to do with it. Squink won't eat straight cherries, but if I put them in these he will try it and love it. So far he loves pappadums with Indians spices, Vietnamese food, light curries (my choice in intensity of flavor)… and South American and German-Austrian foods of course!

Posted by Blair at June 25, 2006 10:32 PM