A few weeks ago I made Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup for dinner. Here’s how the conversation went when my daughter saw it cooking in the pot:
“Mom, what are we having for dinner?”
“Italian Tortellini Soup”
“What? Ooh–yuck! I will NOT be eating that.”
“Well, you ate it last time I made it. I think you even had seconds. “
“Um, no. No, I did not. That looks gross.”
“Ok, well, that’s what we’re having for dinner. Guess you’ll be having a good breakfast in the morning.”
“Well, if you want me to starve, I guess that’s fine!”
So, we ended up having the soup for dinner and as I knew it would happen, both kids gobbled theirs up. And the picture above is proof that my daughter DOES like it–so much so she finished every last bit! Maybe I’ll have to print it out so that next time we have it for dinner I can remind her that she does like it.
My point? If I had let her complaining about dinner get to me and convince me to make a separate meal, what would that have accomplished? I would have taken extra time and effort to make something different and taught her that she can get her way if she complains just a little. Instead, I held steady and was persistent that the dinner I was making was it. Period. End of story. So if you have a picky eater (or two or three!) in your family, try holding steady and remain firm. Eventually your kids will “get it” that they eat what is served. The bonus? They try new foods and hopefully learn to love new ones too! And, shhh….don’t tell my kids that the soup had healthy things in it like spinach, onions and tomatoes–guess they were too busy scraping their bowls to notice!