Don’t believe children who say, “I’ll try it when I’m 5.”
Don’t believe your kids, even if you make them promise.
Scenario (Lie?) One
- Remember you said you would try hot dogs when you were 5?
- Yes, and I’m going to.
- Are you sure? You turn 5 tomorrow. Should we go get hotdogs?
- Yes. Yes. YES.
- Really? You’re positive?
Surprise! No hot dog is tried. Not a speck.
Scenario (Lie?) Two
- Do you promise you’ll eat this blueberry if I buy it?
- Yes I promise.
- Really? Because last time you said you would it something I bought, you didn’t eat it.”
- Yes. Yes. Yes. I promise. I PROMISE!
Surprise! No blueberries are eaten. Not even one.
Are children lying when they promise to eat (or try) something when they have no intention of eating (or trying) it? Or are they just trying to drive you crazy?
Promising to eat or try something later is a peak into your child’s soul. It speaks to their intention.
When children say they’ll eat or try something later, they mean it. At least in theory.
Because children want to be good.
They want to eat the way you wish they would.
But they refuse to try new foods out of fear.
So you’ll have to earn their trust.
To get started, check out my step-by-step, blow-by-blow guide to introducing new foods that’s guaranteed to change how your kids eat.
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~