Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Veggie Eater

As I know many of other mothers have difficulties in this area, I had reached a breaking point with my four-year-old over the vegetable/fruit eating battle. At 1 and a half, Zeke began to develop his own taste preferences and from that point he has always prefered to eat only a few (and I mean a few) select items: chicken, ground beef, bread products, dairy products, and bananas. (That is it....really) Between then and now...things hadn't changed much. Bananas were the only fruit or vegetable he would eat without complaint.

We have started something new at the Wims Household this week. Zeke starts every meal with at least one fruit and one vegetable cut up on his plate. Once he eats those items, then we move to the remainder of the meal. We have given LOTS of encouragement and lots of praise every time he finishes the veggies and fruits (ie high fives from Daddy, etc) The amazing part is that he really hasn't complained much...I was really surprised. So far he has eaten asperagus, broccoli, apple, blueberries, watermelon, pineapple, and corn. I have been shocked! So, that is our new plan of attack!

As I laid his plate down on the table on Thursday, Zeke told me "I am going to eat all of it Mommy!" (earlier in the week he was consistently asking how much he needed to eat first) Yeah...hooray...success....I LOVE IT!!!!


Brenda said...

That is awesome! We have had some Academy Award winning performances of gagging, choking, near-death by the girls made to try a new vegetable (we do OK on fruits around here) I REALLY wish I had it on video now, though at the time it wasn't funny...b/c they would be mortified watching it today! :)

Heather said...

I am SO going to have to try this! My son is 3 and is just as picky. I HATE it!