Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fun way to get your child to eat

MJ's aunt is a zookeeper, which I think is one of the coolest jobs ever! In the summer when we were talking about kids, she told us how one of her zookeeper friends gets his daughter to eat when she is being difficult about eating. His way is genius  very zookeeper-y and just plain fun! I loved the story when I heard it, but never really had to use his way. Until today. Allie for some reason wouldn't eat anything today. Nothing for breakfast, nothing for lunch, so after her afternoon nap to get her to eat something I thought of the "zookeeper's way". I couldn't believe how well that worked, so I couldn't wait to share with everyone.

So what you do, you take little dishes and fill them with different kinds of food and then you place them all around the house/or room (having a dog made this harder, I had to keep a close eye on him).

It really can be any kind of food, but in our case we had some grapes and apples

some green beans (that were gone first, by the way)

some melon

and leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Allie was playing with her toys and taking little bites out of her dishes and once everything was gone from a certain dish, she would bring it back to me. Before I knew it I had a full stack of empty dishes!

Although I know every book out there says that kids are only supposed to it in "designated areas" (at the table, in the kitchen), this one time exercise was fun and very productive! I am not saying this is how you should feed your child, but perhaps on a day that nothing seems to get her to eat, this activity turns out to be very helpful!

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