I am hearing Devo in my head. Anyone else? (dip it, whip it….no…sorry) That is neither here nor there. This is a getting toddler’s to eat tip. Don’t you just love those. I have yet to meet a mom who at some point doesn’t have some struggle over food. Except for Big Binder. Her kids seem to eat anything. I hate her just a little for that (Jen I love you and I would never say bad things about you when you are stuck home with a sick husband, sick kids and even, yes, a sick dog).
So Lily is picky, picky, picky. She always has been, but I am hoping she won’t always will be. Hannah on the other hand seems to eat anything you put in front of her. Now she throws food on the floor and tries to climb up on the table on a regular basis so meal time is not problem free, but still I will take that over screaming “Why is there something green on my chicken, it looks gross, I WANT CHICKEN NUGGETS!!!!” Not that I would ever let a child say such things (ahem).
Anyway, lately Hannah has started protesting about the most mundane food. Oddly enough she is still eating the weird stuff, but won’t eat plain chicken or apples. Odd. However, I have a major secret weapon. She will eat anything if she can dip it in something. And it doesn’t even have to be a “real” thing. Tonight she ate steak simply because I told her I was dipping in something on my plate, when there was really nothing there. The other night she dipped apples in teriyaki sauce. Just for the record, I didn’t give her that combo, there was just some teriyaki left on the hubby’s plate. Today we did apples in peanut butter, toast in jelly, steak in….air. Just saying “Look, mommy dipped it” makes her cute little face light up.
Now here is the downside. Apparently this trick will not work with all children. Lily will not dip her food in anything. She refuses ketchup with her fries, won’t dip chicken in BBQ sauce, and won’t dip anything in ranch dressing. We are checking into a possible switch at birth. Seriously, I would dip brussel sprouts in ranch dressing and chow down. I am actually a firm believer that all things taste better with ranch and Lily, she won’t even give it a taste. So while I stand by the brilliance of my dipping deception, I cannot guarantee it’s results. Which is really a shame, cause the lifetime guarantee was only going to cost you an extra $39.95.
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