Tears

Winston - posted on 02/22/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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The tears of pain, agony, and misery from a teaspoonful of peas, carrots, corn, and green beans, nicely steamed with a bit of butter, is starting to become more of a nightmare than I think it should be. I've read the previous responses and am hoping there might be a few more ideas. I love them and chow down. I swear I'm turning green. Too much pressure? If I leave him alone they don't get eaten but do get in the trash and when he says I helped clean up Dad. Thanks for dinner, well, I just have to walk the other way. I'd be most grateful for any help.... Thanks!! :-)

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Winston - posted on 02/22/2014

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Thank you, Sarah, for the great advice. I just might give this a go, planting veggies. Could be fun! I was wondering if reward system might work, but your suggestion might actually be more rewarding. The fruits of labor, as it were...lol. Thanks again. :-)

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2014

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Mung beans can also be grown in a warm dark place such as a near a hot water tank. Wrap the beans in a moist cloth such as muslin or calico or an old clean tea towel. Place this in a colander and then place the colander in a bowl. Check daily and make sure cloth remains moist. I think they take about a week to grow. Bean sprouts can be cooked by putting them in a bowl, pouring boiling water in and covering with a plate. Leave for about 5 min.

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2014

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Another idea. Take a break from the veggies for a few weeks. Plant your own either inside in a pot near sunlight or outside in the garden. Get him to help put the seeds in and cover them over with dirt. Look at them every day. Peas and beans grow very fast. Peas can be eaten straight off the plant. Straight out of the pod. Snap/ snow peas can eat the pod as well. Beans again straight off the plant. As long as he is old enough for you to tell him to not just eat anything out of the garden! (I'm not sure how long carrots take to grow. Corn may be a little hard.)
Enjoy the time together. If he is interested you could even take a photo of each plant from the same spot each day and end up with a time lapse animation! Even if these things don't work in terms of eating veggies - at least you've had a fun time together! As long as he is generally happy don't worry these things pass :)

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2014

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Is it taste or textural or looks? Blend into a smoothie? A spaghetti sauce? Try. separating rather than a mix. Try alternatives - avocado, Brussels sprouts ( some kids have unusual tastes!) Make a vegetable face? Try a whole cooked carrot - or raw ( if old enough) Or the supermarket blended fruit and vege mixes with no additives, the ones you can drink straight from the packet ( in the baby section) sometimes they like the novelty. Or just take a break from veges ( for both of you). The "It's a phase ! " approach :)

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