Baby bites

Spit it out if you don't like it

Baby bites

Kubla goes to a friend’s house for a play date. They invite him to stay for dinner. The second he comes home, he asks for a snack.

“A snack? Didn’t you just have dinner?”

“I didn’t really eat,” he explains. “I didn’t like it.”

The chicken isn’t exactly what he’s used to. They have a different kind of bread than we do. His friend’s mom doesn’t cut the vegetables in the right shape.

“You didn’t like it? Did you try it?”

“No. I just know I don’t like it.”

“Kubla, you can’t go to a friend’s house for dinner and then not eat.”

“But what if I don’t like it?”

“Take a baby bite of everything they serve, and spit out anything you don’t like.”

“Spit it out?”

“Quietly in your napkin, yeah.”

“How big is a baby bite?”

“The smallest amount you can put on your fork and still really taste it.”

The next week he comes back from dinner at his friend’s house again.

“Well,” I ask, “how was dinner?”

“I didn’t like the chicken, but the miso soup and broccoli were great! Can I have a snack?”

One step at a time.

How do you get your kids to eat unfamiliar foods?

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