I had a fabulous e-mail from a family I’ve worked with. They have a 4 ½ year old son, Sam* who is a picky eater and does not like change or new foods at all.
We were talking about introducing pastry and so mum had both her young boys making pastry snakes.
Sam was really hesitant about eating the snake, so mum put jam into a syringe and they squirted “snake blood” over the pastry.
Inspired! I love it. It is exactly the sort of move I would be recommending with a pre-schooler:
Often our child takes eating steps forward when we’re least expecting them to. I believe a large part of the reason for this is because we’re probably not inadvertently impeding progress by the way we are looking, speaking or behaving.
Think about how Sam’s mum made this work. Perfect!!
*story retold with permission. Name changed for privacy.