how do i get an 8 yr old to try other foods with out any arguement?

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This is so hard! An 8 year old child is not easily coerced. We have a "truth" rule with our daughter. She's not allowed to say she doesn't like something unless she has tried it. Otherwise, she's not telling the truth. Also, we don't feed our kids different foods than we're eating.  



I've enlisted Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious" recipes here and there, too. Genius!

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2009

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ive got a really similar problem with my 3 yr old,he refuses to try anything new so i spoke to my health visitor,she gave me some really good advise,

but she also said it could take anything between 15 and 90 times of putting the new food in front ov the child before they even attempt to eat it.

she also suggested to let the child hold the fod and help you prepare lunch so they dnt see food as a threat.but the most important thing she said was not to force the issue it only reinforces the childs behaviour

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2009

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my six year old doesn't want to try new things very often, but I told her if she would at least try one bite, then if she doesn't like it then she can spit it out!

Laura - posted on 01/15/2009

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I also have the 2 bite rule in my house. I make sure that eveyone has 1 thing on their plate that they like ( I have 3 kids)  Then I will put something new on the plate, after 2 bites they don't have to eat anymore of that item unless they like it. The reason I always had the 2 bite rule is because the first bite they are complaining too much to be able to taste it so they have to try it a second bite. I do this everytime I want to cook that food. A perfect example is asparagus, I love it so in the summer I have it at least once a week, in turn the kids have to try it once a week. I actually works because my oldest now loves it.

Deirdre - posted on 01/14/2009

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I love the 2 bite rule.. after 2 bites of what you want, let him have what he wants. Taste buds are a funny thing - eventually he / she will like more things. Ranch dressing and /or catsup also help!

Liz - posted on 01/14/2009

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Here's what I did the other night while we were out to sushi.  She said she "wanted" octopus.  She is 6 going on 12.  So when he food came and she saw the baby octopus on the rice, naturally she freaked out.  She covered her mouth and started crying until I popped one into my mouth and started chewing.  (what she DIDN'T see was me desperately trying to control my gag reflex and facial expressions.)  After she saw mommy eat the octopus, she tried one and loved them.  I said, "Now how would you ever have known that you like something like this unless you tried it!? Now you can tell your friends at school that you've eaten something crazy!"

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