This evening I was browsing through my Facebook feed when a photograph of a rainbow fruit platter came up. My daughter, who was looking over my shoulder, burst into song (“I Can Sing a Rainbow” of course), and then wanted to look at the other photos of rainbow foods that were attached to the same page. So I seized the opportunity to suggest that I make us a rainbow dinner. She thought that was a good idea (which I thought was brilliant), so off I went to the kitchen. Half an hour later, dinner was served:
Well people, I have to tell you that about half an hour after that the platter was empty. Admittedly, I ate all but one of the radishes (and that one was spat out), most of the broccoli, and the cases of the sugar snap peas (they ate the baby peas), but my two four-year-old girls ate more or less everything else. I didn’t get a look in on the raspberries or the melon, and you could have knocked me down with a feather when both of them went in for a second floret of raw broccoli.
Most exciting for me however is the fact that my fussiest eater, who was the one who liked the idea in the first place, ate three carrot sticks, a handful of blueberries and one-and-a-half cherry tomatoes, none of which she has ever eaten before.
Two days ago, just after her fourth birthday (because now she is a big girl) and after quite a bit of hesitation on my part, I presented her with a “new foods” sticker chart, and together we drew out her “sticker foods”:
I should point out that this is the first sticker chart she had ever had, and I have to concede that so far it is working brilliantly. In the last three days she has eaten sweet potatoes, mushrooms, spring onions, apple, blueberries, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes. She is getting lots of praise and clapping and cheering and hip hip hooraying alongside the stickers, and she is noticeably pleased with herself for the things she has eaten. Her sister is also really on board, and keeps suggesting that if she eats this or that she could get a sticker!