Oh yeah, that’s why I’d stopped!
The Montreal Comiccon starts this Friday! I’ll be there all three days, and I’m sharing my table with the excellent Rabot, cartoonist extraordinaire. Come and see us at table 1933!
When I was a kid the trick my dad used to get us to eat new foods was he would tell us we’ve tried the dish before and we liked it last time. That might have technically been gaslighting, but it did work.
Kids are really sensitive to new tastes, especially bitter things, as a natural defense against accidentally eating poison. Forcing them to try new things (like you evidently didn’t, kudos) will only make them hate it. The thing that worked on my siblings and I was bribery. Extra dessert for a few bites of a new food, and sometimes the new food turned out to be good.
Or there’s always the technique of making the new food for yourself, then pretending it’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten until the kids demand to try it.
You know, I’ve heard that thing about picky eating being a defense against poison, but then I think of the things my notoriously-picky-eater niece WILL eat, like rocks, dirt, bugs, random foliage, whatever that is she found on the supermarket floor, etc and I’m not so sure.
My parents had the rule “you had to have at least 1 bite of everything that’s on your plate”. I’d say luckily neither my brother nor I were picky eaters, but I’m not sure what’s the cause and what’s the effect here.
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