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New study: make eating vegetables a game for toddlers!

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New study: make eating vegetables a game for toddlers!

This study done in England and Wales had parents make a game out of eating vegetables for toddlers who didn’t like them – if the kids tried a tiny taste, they received a sticker. It worked! Compared to the group that made no changes in offering veggies, the families that played the taste/sticker game had more kids liking new veggies. I love the idea that the reward was not a dessert or sugary food. What do you all think? I may have to implement this with broccoli and report back to you all…
http://www.today.com/health/its-childs-play-tasting-game-helps-kids-accept-vegetables-8C11414018

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  1. I think this is a great idea! We do something similar to get my son to finish his veggies that are not his favorite. I put his entire serving of vegetables on his plate, but only a small amount of his protein and carb. Of course, he gobbles up the other foods, and asks for more. I tell him he must eat two bites of the veggie, and then he can have some more. Once he eats the veggies, I put another small amount of rice, pasta, ect, and repeat until all of the veggies are gone. I am lucky to have a good eater who likes most vegetables and eats them willingly, but this works great for the ones he doesn’t love!

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  2. I kind of like the idea of making it a game but sometimes we don’t have time for games (or patience he he) I have one twin who loves most veggies and the other twin who will eat it if she sees everyone else around her eating it and if she doesn’t get offered any other alternative food (especially if said alternative food is sweet)

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