I fought a losing battle last night. I tried to get my son to eat broccoli.
The funny thing about it is that he used to eat broccoli all the time when he was younger. I guess he didn’t know any better then.
I cooked a nice dinner for him. Baked chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. I also gave him some of his favorite honey wheat bread. I placed it in front of him with some apple juice. He stared at his plate for a few seconds, as if he had never seen that kind of food before. Then, he picked up a chicken tender, examined it, and put it down. I fixed my plate and sat at the table. I noticed that he was not eating, so I decided to go over to him and encourage him to eat.
“Eat your food baby,” I said. He looked at me with the most precious smile. While he grinned at me, I slid some broccoli in his mouth. He wasn’t too happy about that. I encouraged him to chew it up and he did. I was so proud of him! I encouraged him to use his spoon to eat his macaroni. I took his hand with the spoon in it, scooped up the macaroni, and tried to put it in his mouth. My son pursed his lips together very tightly and turned his heard. He didn’t want to eat it. What kid doesn’t like macaroni????
I finally got him to open his mouth again and I quickly put some broccoli in there. After finishing my food and putting some dishes in the sink, I turned around and looked at my son. My son was holding the broccoli in his mouth, with drool sliding all down his cheeks and chin. GROSS!!!! I quickly gave him some honey wheat bread to eat. Only then did he swallow the broccoli, and that was so he could eat the bread.
Oh well. Do I at least get credit for trying? Someone recommended dip to me, so I’ll try that. How do you get your kids to eat veggies?