This is what I tell parents I see in my office every week:
“Learning to like new foods is like learning ABCs, it takes many, many tries and a lot of patience.”
For some reason, when we teach our kids the alphabet, or counting, or tying shoes we give them lots of practice and we don’t force it. We think nothing about running through the steps dozens, if not, hundreds of times. Sometimes kids pick it right up after only a few tries, but other times they need every one of those hundred times before they get it. Why don’t we think the same way when it comes to letting our kids learn to like new foods?
Most parents try a new food an average of three times before putting on the “she doesn’t eat that list”. What if you used that same approach with counting? If your child didn’t get 1 to 10 on the first three tries would you just give up? Most likely not, so don’t do it with food either. Sure, there are some foods your kids will never like, but they’ll only learn to like a variety of foods if they’re given the opportunity.