Luke is a picky eater.
But, honestly, who isn’t?
I don’t like to eat peas or fish and if someone put them on my plate, I would probably whine and complain too.
But, those little taste buds are still developing, so I want him to try new things and eat a balanced diet.
So, how do you do it?
Thankfully, I had a Dad who was a genius with dealing with picky kids, specifically three little girls.
The answer – > Surprise plates.
Say what now? What the heck is that?
It’s the key to a quiet and happy meal time.
A surprise plate is a plate of food that you make while your child can’t peek (hence the surprise). Usually, it’s a mix of different foods, basically, whatever you want them to eat that day or leftovers from the fridge.
**Yes – those are frozen peas on his plate.. . he loves them.
Then, the key with a surprise plate – the rules.
There are 2 rules.
#1. You don’t have to eat everything on your plate, only what you want.
#2. No whining.
It’s amazing. As soon as my 3 year old knows it’s a surprise plate and that he’s in control of what he eats, he will eat and try more foods than if I gave him a standard dinner plate.
My Dad was the master of surprise plates. . . well, I guess he still is.. . I think at least once a summer, he will make all three of his girls surprise plates.
As a parent, it’s a great way to use up leftovers in the fridge. Dad would always use toothpicks to make turkey and cheese seem more exciting and he would always add sprinkles to something on the plate. Sprinkles makes everything better, right?
My best friend has three kids and they come up to the lake with us every year and a few years ago we introduced the kids to surprise plates (basically to cut down on the whining that always happens at meals times) and now every time they come to the lake, they ask for surprise plates – and they follow the rules!
Meal time success.
Do you have kids? How do you deal with picky eating or meal time whining?
Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!