Just. Try It.

by The Daddy on August 3, 2011

This totally happened.

The Knob lately has formed very strong opinions about what he does and doesn’t like. Strong opinions that have no basis on actual taste or flavor. Usually he’s never even tried the things he’s so adamantly sure are icky. The Daddy has resorted to forcibly placing certain guaranteed delicious things onto his tongue to at least get him to try a taste. There’s no forced feeding, but dammit I can get him to at least taste something.

Granted, when he does come around and enjoy the food, within a few days he hates it again…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lex August 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

We go through this with the girls all the damn time. I wish I could say something like, “Sure, it’s just a phase that gets better once they get older!” but that would be a blatant lie; if anything, it gets WORSE.


shasta August 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My newest technique is letting her eat the food off my plate. For some reason it’s more palatable if you’re stealing it from Mommy.


Cheryl August 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

We’ve come to rely on the dice game.
“You don’t like this? You haven’t even tried it. How about rolling the dice to see how many bites you should try?”
For some reason, that little bit of control (over the dice) seems to work … most of the time ;)


TechyDad August 4, 2011 at 5:38 am


I’m going to have to steal that dice game idea.

My oldest (almost 8 ) is slowly expanding his culinary horizons. He’ll try many new things and will admit to liking them. (Even Brussels sprouts!!!)

My youngest (4), though, refuses anything new. He likes mac & cheese, peanut butter (especially dark chocolate peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co), grilled cheese, pizza and sometimes chicken nuggets. If it’s not on the list, he won’t eat it. Even some variations of things on the list (homemade mac & cheese instead of boxed) are dismissed. Put a veggie in front of him and he’ll touch it to his tongue (not taking a bite, mind you) and then declare he doesn’t like it. I’m hoping he grows out of this phase soon.


Katie August 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Wow, @Cheryl, that is the coolest idea ever! My 5 year old and I argue about how many bites ALL THE TIME. That is an awesome problem solver :) Thanks!

@NC – Your little guy sounds absolutely normal. Having a toddler is so obnoxious. Mine also does the awesome screaming about ice cream or cookies. Once I can get him to try it he’s fine. Kids are weird.


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