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Are you all sick of reading advice to get your kids to eat veggies? Tired of the over achieving parents who make amazing lunch creations that their kids love and eat up?
Honestly I’m not tired of them. I need the advice until I hit on something that will actually jive with my kids. So far we’ve had some small successes here and there, but being consistent about it is so difficult sometimes. You have to keep veggies cut up and in a bowl they can get to, and/or spend time getting real creative with each and every lunch/dinner.
My kids will eat just about any fruit since most have little prep and they can just grab and eat – apples, bananas, berries – but when we bring out the veggies I get weird looks, and lots and lots of whining. There was once a time I had a bowl of chopped up broccoli in the fridge that got taste tested periodically because it was easy to grab. As a result some of my kids will now eat broccoli and ask for more.
I heard about this new DVD Copy-Kids that seemed a little too simple to actually work, but decided we might as well give it a try. I love that it’s separated into chapters so you can pick the fruit or veggie you want your kids to eat, and just play that section of the video. My kids absolutely loved seeing what ages each of the kids in the video were, and comparing them to their own age.
What I thought was too simple to work, turned out to be a fun show my kids enjoy, and inspiring to them to give new foods a try. I took some pictures of my kids to give you an idea of how it worked for us.
We’ll for sure be watching it a couple more times with bell peppers and tomatoes – Mine and Mark’s personal favorites.
I have to admit, I realized that one thing I did wrong when they were younger was not give them as many choices. I stuck to what I thought they would like, and when coming across things like peppers I would *hang my head* say something like “Oo, I don’t know if you’ll like that. But give it a try”. Yep, I should have taken off that preface and just let them try things. Lesson learned.