It’s a rare child who will agree to sample almost anything new. Most young children are wary of things that are new to them—whether it’s food, clothing, or experiences they haven’t had before. Many kids test their independence by refusing to even try a new dish or outfit, and this can be trying to parents. Just remember, you’re not alone with your finicky offspring. Don’t lose patience! Children naturally become more adventuresome as they grow. In the meantime, here are some time-honored tricks-of-the-trade to encourage kids to try a wider variety of foods.
This one dates back to the days of our Aunt Betty. All children were encouraged to take at least one small spoonful of everything served at the meal, even foods they were inclined to decline with a “No, thank you.” Then they had to take at least one teeny-tiny little bite. As time went on, everyone eventually discovered at least one new taste that was pleasing.
After a taste, it’s perfectly fine for kids to refuse a full helping. Note that the trick here is to encourage children to politely refuse the food offered them rather than characterize it as “yucky” or “gross.” Using words like that can deter other children in the family who may actually enjoy the dish!
Why does this technique work? Who knows! It’s magic. And when the sandwich is made with Hormel® Natural Choice or Hormel® Chunk Chicken, it’s extra magical.
Give kids a hand in planning and even preparing the meal. They’ll enjoy it more and may even be enticed to try a new food or two along the way. Knowing what goes into a dish makes it less mysterious. And having it turn out great makes everyone feel proud.