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How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Anything

Look! I will eat anything!

Moms always ask me how I have trained my kids to be such good eaters.  As an experienced mother, it is my pleasure to share these eight simple ways to get your toddler to eat anything:

1)      Drop the food on the floor and ignore it.  If this is your first child, clean the floor first.

Rule: The dirtier the floor, the more excited the toddler will be about eating the food she finds.

Dinnertime!

2)      Refuse to share it.  Remember these four magical words:  “You can’t have any.”

Rule: Toddlers are obligated by the terms of their Toddler Contract to defy any phrases containing the words no, can’t, don’t, and stop.  Use this in your favor.

I hate these Cheerios almost as much as I hate you getting more than me.

3)      Say to your husband, in front of said child, “Let’s eat this later after the kids are in bed.”

Rule: Jealousy is your friend.  Your best friend.

4)      Hide it in the corner of the minivan, covered in fuzz and scream, “Oh, no!  Don’t eat that!  It’s disgusting!  Who knows how long it’s been there?!”   The more horrified you are, the better he will like it.

Rule: Freaking out Mom is worth any amount of personal sacrifice.

5)      Serve it to him naked.  The toddler, not you (that would be weird).

Rule: Toddlers are always happy to support organic options.

6)      Put it on a stick.

Rule: Everything tastes better on a stick.  Especially if it’s a dirty stick (See Rule #1).

7)      Put the stick in an open fire.

Rule:  Everything tastes better when cooked with fire, especially if the fire is started by the toddler while Mom is on the phone and she freaks out when she discovers her baby playing in the flames and has to call the fire department and can’t stop crying when she tells Daddy about it when he gets home from work (See Rule #4).

8)      If that doesn’t work, put it in the dog’s bowl and leave the room.  If this is your first child, clean the bowl first.

Rule: Everything tastes better when shared with a friend.

Let's have lunch!

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294 thoughts on “How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Anything

    1. Azure James

      Can’t believe how true this all is! Definitely some good advice. Even though toddlers can get on your nerves, I guess there are ways to use that to your advantage!

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  1. swedblue

    Thank you for the laugh! We just figured out #6. Pete will eat a lot of the samples at Sam’s-why because they are on a tooth pick. Clean floor? Where? :)

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  2. swedblue

    Yup! #6 toothpicks are great friends. #1-couldn’t be truer. When Pete was tootling around, we lived in an apartment off of a major highway. Our porch was always covered in who knows what. Can’t tell you how many times I would find him picking up food that had been there for a while and putting in his mouth. Now I get the joy of seeing Tim do the same thing!

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  3. Peggy Peters

    I laughed out loud. I have a grandson who is a toddler right now. This could all apply to him. What a great sense of humor you have dear! More power to ya!

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  4. Julie

    Ha! ha! This is soooo true!! I’ve learned to just leave pieces of food dropped on the floor because they will 1) be eaten later; or 2) they are easier to vacuum when they are dried up. Thanks for the post!

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  5. connie

    sometimes if my 3 year old doesn’t eat all his food I’ll tell him to go feed it to the dog. Inevitably he will give about 25% to the dog and eat the rest himself while he’s “feeding” the dog!

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  6. jana81

    Ok, I was just introduced to your blog and find you positively hilarious and down to earth and encouraging. I’m a mother of one 7 month old, but love readin your family stories. I’m sure we’ll get there. :-) Thank you for sharing your heart and life!

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  7. grannymike

    This is so funny and so true. I love the pictures you’ve used to illustrate your points. I posted a link on my facebook, and I know it was shared by at least one of my friends. It received some nice comments and likes. I also pinned it on Pinterest. I hope both bring more people to your blog to discover you and your beautiful (and funny) articles. Thanks so much.

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  8. Mormon Soprano

    So funny…and so true! I especially relate to the “if it’s your first child, clean it first” idea. Ha! I also love your photos.
    Congrats on being Fresh Pressed. Well deserved. You should be getting lots of fun comments and fabulous stats out of this one. :) – MoSop

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  9. Sycamore Girl

    The Kitchen floor is a free, more economical way to dehydrate your food! Dried peaches, bananas, avocados, and more!…

    Loved this! I’ve got Two in tow and have learned to not care how clean anything is anymore! Funny the things you let go on as kids grow!

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    1. fiveintow

      My husband actually asked, “Why clean the floor if it’s your first child?” And I said, “Because after your first, you don’t care anymore!”

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  10. hermosausaadmin

    LOL…I love this post! Eating dirty food…isn’t that how we all built up our immune systems back in the day? ^_~. Can’t wait to have kids and write posts like this! Congrats on being FP!

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  11. Hadas

    For my kid, I used to place the (fruit) plate just next to where she was playing or (later) reading. She reached her hand for it automatically.. as we know they also “like” very much to toil for their dinner..

    & this post is charming..

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  12. Mikalee Byerman

    GREAT list! I always remember the time my son — age 6 — invented a rule for his baby sister: If the food is dropped on the ground, there’s the five-second rule; however, if that food happens to be sticky, the time limit reverts to three seconds. I died laughing at his insight…

    :)

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  13. Sarah D.

    Fabulous! I especially love your “If this is your first child, clean it first” admonition — or should I say, bow to reality. Your kids must be a hoot!

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  14. frenchimmersion

    OK, so I should have read this 15 years ago. I have got the pickiest eaters in the world. Please could you write this for 15, 13 , 10 and 8 year olds – SO in need of help!

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  15. minlit

    For the first you do what you should (clean the floor), for the rest, you do what you can….

    The only down side of this floor-food approach is that it raises all kinds of eyebrows when in shops and restaurants…..I know!

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    1. fiveintow

      I think we’ve all either had a kid who did one of those things, or watched a kid do one of those things! I’m just glad I don’t really remember doing any of them myself! Although, there was that one time…

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      1. nayiah

        I have to say, I agree with you! So happy I don’t remember that part about my childhood. I work in a kindergarten, so I see a lot of different things! And kids can be so nasty sometimes, haha, thats why I love the fact that I don’t remember myself doing all that! Like eating some bread you find in sandbox, that probably has been there for days.

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  16. mamacravings

    This is hysterically true! These rules seem to be applied more often and with more vigor since my toddler turned two.Oh the joys!The filthy, disgusting, adventure filled joys…

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  17. katharinekapodistria

    Brilliant! My daughter used to be a fantastic eater – anything and everything and lots of it. But at 18 months she started to get picky, and has become increasingly so. I’m convinced this is some kind of power-play, however, and not an aversion to food because if she finds food in any of the states you mentioned in your post, it goes down the hatch. I haven’t reached the stage of planting fuzz-covered broccoli in the mini-van . . . yet!

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    1. fiveintow

      With my first, I thought, “I’ll never let them eat anything off the floor!” Now I have five, and I once caught one of my twins taking dirty dishes out of the dishwasher, licking them, and putting them back. I knew things had changed when my first thought was, “Huh, at least he put them back!”

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  18. Leah B

    So true about cleaning the floor when it’s your first. Now I just pretend like I don’t notice that they’re eating off the floor. If I don’t acknowledge it, it didn’t really happen, right?

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  19. Sharon Salu

    I don’t yet have kids of my own, but I laughed so hard all the way from the beginning to the end. LOL! I couldn’t help myself. This was so funny, and I am sure parents will agree that it’s also true.

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  20. Sharon Salu

    Hilarious! I don’t yet have kids of my own, but I laughed so hard all the way from the beginning to the end. LOL! I couldn’t help myself. This was so funny, and I am sure parents will agree that some of these are quite true.

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    1. fiveintow

      Ah, yes, the Productivity Vortex, in which any possible productivity is sucked down in to the endless black hole of chaos that happens whenever you leave the room! I think you must have visited my house at some point before writing that post.

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  21. daniellepbrowne

    This post is brilliant!!! I love, love, love numbers one through three – they are going to be put to good use tomorrow (the little guy is sleeping now). The one that I really can’t wait to use is number two just because I really want to see his expression :) Thank you for sharing!!

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  22. wynnegraceappears

    Just discovered your precious blog today. I will be back. Bless you and thanks for letting us share in the joy that seems to be your life. I wrote about what a blessing children are today– a sacred echo? I will look forward to coming back again to read more.

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    1. fiveintow

      Thank you! They are a joy, and I am awed when I think about how richly God has blessed me. I do not deserve all that I have been given, but I am grateful!

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  23. Eagle-Eyed Editor

    ROTFL! But I would add rule #9 – Decorate the small child’s face and/or body with food. Many toddlers I’ve seen prefer to wear their food, and this technique could also be a potential method for encouraging them to eat. In some toddler circles, wearing one’s food is also considered a fashion statement. ;-)

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  24. alexiskrystina

    This is so funny! My baby just turned 7 months yesterday so I have a while before he starts getting fussy when eating, but I’ll keep this in mind for when that time comes!

    On a side note, great blog! I want a bunch of kids too, so I’ll have to keep checking back for more tips! :)

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      1. alexiskrystina

        Thank you! :) I’m definitely enjoying it! Today I was looking at pictures from his actual ‘birth’-day and I can’t believe how much he’s grown! He’s a giant now! lol

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    1. frenchimmersion

      Mine stopped eating at 9 months – watch out it could be sooner than you think! – This blog is exactly what I should have done if only it had been written earlier – now they are in their teens and i’ve had 12 years of picky eaters! Enjoy watching yours eat of the floor!!!!! Good luck!

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  25. All that makes you...

    I tell new moms the stick rule all the time. They will anything on a frilly toothpick. Dog bowl, genius. If you have time stop by and read a post I have entitled, “UPS is making grilled cheeses now?” By our third I have adopted all of your parenting tips. We are geniuses. ;)

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  26. dragonsnbottlecaps

    Love it! Thanks for the laugh!
    1) and 8) are so true. My 1 year old basically eats on the floor and I’ve been struggling with her to stop her getting into the dog food.

    I love the “if this is your first child, clean the floor first”! haha

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  27. Life's a Bowl

    Haha, this is hilarious! Food on the floor or on a stick over a fire- I’ll have to remember these tricks…

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  28. Olivia K

    Love this! The jealousy works well with a sibling to sibling strategy as well: “this is for your sister, some day you’ll be old enough.” Thanks for the laugh today, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

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  29. allisonbenotafraid

    This is AWESOME! I loved reading it as I tried to feed my toddler beans, carrots, and cottage cheese (all which he ignored in favor for the weeks old crumb of who knows what on the floor). Thanks for making me laugh!!

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  30. patinaandcompany

    Oh, god, my kids are old enough now and eat everything but there is so much truth in all of what you say! Even when they are teens–child gaining weight? “You are not allowed to switch to skim milk until you’re 12″ (rule2). Child not eating well at university? “I just took vegetables to your brother at his dorm” (rule 3). And just remember–find a bottle of liquor in their closet? DON’T freak out, whatever you do: rule 4. Want them to read Shakespeare and love it? “Oh, honey, that story is NOT appropriate for you–you can’t read that until you’re 18″.
    Hey, should I be using this on my husband?

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    1. abbieprescott

      haha.. so true! I don’t have kids, but without fail, telling my 13yr old brother that he can’t watch a movie or read a book because he’s ‘too young’ does seem to send him into a crazed state where doing the forbidden thing is the only way to prove maturity. Ah, kids.

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  31. Ana Gaby

    Hahaha, I love it! Jealousy works really well for us. If he doesn’t eat it, I bet Joshua, our 3 month old would really enjoy it! His reply is always, MINE!

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  32. thegentlehome

    Oh my goodness, HILARIOUS! We have a 13 month old (our first) and yes she will drop it on the floor in disgust and then eat it later when she finds it again…I’m going to remember these rules! I always thought dinnertime should be more relaxed- surely they won’t starve, and everything will be alright in the end!

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    1. fiveintow

      The first one is of one of my “adopted” kids. I was his nanny when my first was born. The others are all mine! They’re cuter in person, but also louder, so it’s kind of a trade-off.

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  33. mommybabyspot

    HAHAHA…this is all true! Fantastic. I will add one more to your list…it’s all about marketing so a container (bowl, cup, plate, box…whatever) with their favorite cartoon character will get them to eat some things (I use a bowl shaped like mickey’s head to introduce questionable food to my toddler) oh and stickers of said characters on packages of healthy stuff: Me “Wow these are Thomas the Train carrots!” (toddler squeals in delight) Me: “Oh man, Thomas carrots….do you want to try them” and carrots are eaten :D

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    1. Girl Replanted

      Brilliant idea!! For some reason we have gone from “love everything mommy cooks” to “never never like that” over night. Pooh and Thomas stickers are going everywhere! :-)

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      1. mommybabyspot

        Hope it works (I can’t take 100% credit it was my boyfriends idea…he works in marketing LOL)! My son also likes to put the stickers on his shirt when he’s done eating as his “prize” … I’ve also packed little lunches with a little toy (even one that’s already his) when we’re going places. It gives him healthy food while still getting the thrill (or whatever) from happy meals

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  34. disneymom525

    Love this!! So cute! As a former nanny and mommy to rotten almost 2 year old this certainly hits the spot at our house. Her favorite word is no and I’ve definitely resorted to bribing (unfortunately) when it comes to food. But another to add to the list is food in ziploc bags, for some reason it tastes much better to her it seems especially if its a gallon size bag!! Toddlers are so much fun, wouldn’t trade it for the world even though I may not have hair left by the time she’s 3.

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  35. Donna Amis Davis

    Terrific post, Kristen! Cheering you on for being Freshly Pressed from over here on Palawan. We will be sure and pass these great tips on to our daughter. She only has two in tow, but they are 1 and 2, barely a year apart, definitely both toddlers.

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    1. fiveintow

      Oh, lucky you! I would love to be in the Philippines right now! You may have read that I’m a Mindanao girl. Blessings to you and to your daughter!

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        1. fiveintow

          Really? I was probably 19 then. Your name sounded familiar, and I thought I recognized your face, but I wasn’t sure. I was going to ask my mom, who remembers everyone ever of all time. Nice to “meet” you again, Donna! Don’t be surprised if I show up on your front door sometime. :)

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          1. Donna Amis Davis

            Bill and Donna. And my husband used to do funny songs at Fun Night, back in the day. We’d love for you to show up here. Lots of great places and things to see and do!

          2. Donna Amis Davis

            We’re Bill and Donna Davis. Bill used to do funny songs at Fun Night back in the day. And We’d be happy to have you show up at the door. Lots of great things to do and places to see here!

          3. fiveintow

            Oh my goodness! I think we have some pictures of him from back in the day, singing at conference. Did he do the song about being on the cover of Brown Gold? I still remember that.

          4. Donna Amis Davis

            I’m trying to remember if he did that one, too. I remember the Grossmans and Crains doing it waaaay back when. Then again later, with others mixed in. Bill was infamous for Hotel Brough Manila, and Wierd Al and Ray Stevens songs – Lasagna, Fat, Gourmet Restaurants Ain’t For Me. And did a rewrite of Memories – “Memories, all alone in the jungle, all my kids have malaria, and my wife’s lost her mind . . . got to go to Word Of Life!”

  36. Jill Hoven

    Just saw your post on Pinterest… And cried, I laughed so hard!! As a mama of three (the first two eat NOTHING, but luckily the third will – and does – steal food right out of the dogs’ mouths), I confess that my sides now hurt, I’ve been laughing so hard at your post… :)

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    1. fiveintow

      You must have very patient dogs!!! The thing I like best about this blogging community is that we all know we’re not alone, our children are not the only children who like animal food more than people food, and no one has a clean floor. I’m feeling much better about my parenting now!

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  37. lipstickrhetoric

    It’s so refreshing to hear a sane approach to motherhood. In this day in age we have far too many over-protective parents who wouldn’t let their children eat anything unless the food and the child had been sterilised first. A good mouthful of dirt never hurt anybody. Kids should just enjoy being kids while they can.

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  38. hemadamani

    hilarious. i was expecting some well thought out points when i read the title of the post but as i read i couldn’t stop laughing, more because its absolutely true…:D

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  39. Chris Hall

    That’s really funny. I like your ideas. A couple of then may actually work. My 11-month-old is having a hard time trying new foods, unless it comes in a baby food jar, then he is OK with it.

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  40. pajamamommas

    This is awesome! My toddler’s current favorite snack is the cheerios and goldfish that he dropped on the floor of the car last month. As I try to put him in his carseat, he does this amazing, acrobatic, head-first dive to the floor and then scoops them up and stuffs them in his mouth before I can stop him.

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  41. EternalForms

    This was very funny! As a father of a ten-month old boy whose first and only word is “Eat” and whose first and only sign is “more”, I have no problem getting my boy to eat ANYthing! :)

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  42. hasanyoneseenlynn

    This is brilliant, I am going to save this to favourites, my daughter has just turned one and is already showing signs of only wanting to do what SHE wants! Loving the mind games. Great post!

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  43. 2weeksinthemountains

    Laughed so hard I almost lost my coffee! I was ready for a really good post on actually making your kids good eaters, but this was far, far better! Sounds like you have a very healthy outlook on raising your little crew :) Blessings!

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  44. hadass420

    Awesome list of suggestions!
    I’m sure it would work on many kids. But according to my parents, some of these would not have worked for me when I was a toddler.
    First, I hated anything dirty. In pre-K, I would never get my apron dirty while painting. So eating anything “covered in fuzz” was out of the question.
    Second, telling me I can’t have any would result in me not eating anything for the rest of the day. I was extremely tough with food, and I could stay foodless for hours. I still can to this day. More than once, I lived on water for over 28 hours, and sometimes several days at a time.
    But still, great suggestions! I’ll keep it in mind when I have kids of my own :-)

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  45. Tiffany (lifewithblondie)

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! I have seven kids myself, and I cracked up at your “if this is your first baby” tips, I definitely know exactly how we go from boiling pacifiers to just spitting on it enough to get the mound of dirt off…

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  46. Guy Wolfe

    Just saw your post on the Freshly Pressed page. I have an almost-three-year-old which prompted me to click. Thanks for sharing, and your rules are so true. God bless you and your “five in tow.”

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  47. Jennifer M.

    Thanks for the laughs :) Your list works for teenagers as well (except for the naked part – you really don’t want to see that!)

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  48. T.D.C.

    As a father of three, I concur. My middle son (now 12) especially loves to hear Mom recount how she found a partly-chewed spider in his mouth when he was just beginning to crawl.

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    1. fiveintow

      Oh my goodness! My sister-in-law, who has twin boys, tells of the time she found them cleaning out the cat box…and eating it. Fortunately, mine have been content to clean out the cat’s bowl. ICK!

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        1. fiveintow

          I wondered if you were from the Philippines, just looking at your picture! Yours is a beautiful country, and always in my heart. I’d love to live there again!

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  49. Michelle's Cookie-Cutter Blog

    This was an incredibly cute post and as I sometimes have challenges with my 16 month old, I see how so many of these ideas would actually work!! Not sharing, genius! Telling her not to eat it, brilliant! Thanks for the ideas that I will honestly put into practice starting at lunch :)

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  50. muddledmom

    It’s scary how many of these I’ve tried through the years. Not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. Desperate times, friends. Congrats, great post!

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  51. Sara T

    I have a five-year old who isn’t the best eater. My trick is somehow make things look like a taco, and then call it a taco. I clicked over here hoping to get some ideas from a “super-duper-know-it-all-better-mom-than-me” but what I got was way better! Thanks for the laugh– I guess I can calm down knowing that all kids are like mine!

    Sara

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    1. fiveintow

      I love that! Who doesn’t love tacos?! And, if you want a mom who tells you how it should be, you’ve come to the wrong place. But, if you want a mom who tells you how it IS and makes you feel like you might not be the only mom on the planet who’s kid eats samples off the floor at Costco, well, you’ve come to the right place. :)

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  52. 68ghia

    Will remember this for when I have grandkids one day – so glad I don’t have to worry about getting kids to eat anymore!!
    Enjoyed this ;-)

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  53. Shaun

    Great advice, Kristen. The last one, “If that doesn’t work, put it in the dog’s bowl and leave the room….” made me smile. Our youngest of 5 recently found where the dog treats are kept and has started munching on them. We need to discourage him to NOT eat like a dog! :-)

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    1. fiveintow

      We had the hardest time breaking one of our kids out of her cat food habit. She would sneak it, and I’d find crumbs on her face. Please stop eating the cat food!!!

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  54. Joanne Blunt (@joanneblunt)

    A friend just shared your post on Facebook, and I must admit, I clicked on the link expecting to read a post from a ‘perfect parent’ telling me how I was doing everything wrong. I am so glad I clicked! Your post is brilliant and very funny. My youngest boy has just started refusing to eat anything other than cheese or chocolate so I will definitely be trying some of these tips. I’m off to share with my friends now :)

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    1. fiveintow

      I’m glad you clicked! The thing about parenting is you’re never quite sure when you’re normal and when you’re not, and you hate to even ask the other moms if their kid digs in the carpet to find snacks or eats out of the dog’s bowl because you don’t want to get that horrified look that tells you you’re the only one! So welcome. You’re not alone. :)

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  55. thenotwriter

    Haha the one way I could guarantee my kids would eat something was to put it on my own plate. It was a given that half the food on my plate would disappear before I could even pick up my fork.

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    1. fiveintow

      I know, right? One of my kids, who hates salad, will eat an entire adult-sized salad if I just put it on my own plate and walk away. He will follow me around with his mouth open like a little bird. I think I should find a giant plate and all my kids can just share my food.

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  56. Dr. Mom

    Love this post!!! I firmly believe that exposure to germs in early life leads to a much stronger immune system; which is why we clean our floors about once a week! ;)

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    1. fiveintow

      It’s so fun to catch up with you! It took me a bit to place you both, but once Donna mentioned that you were the one who did the Fun Night, well, it all came back! Such great memories. Congratulations on wrapping up translation! What a beautiful work. Thank you both for being so faithful.

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  57. Bill Davis

    I see you already figured out from Donna who we are. I was the Fun Night guy, yes. Brown Gold, Hotel Brough Manila, etc. What a claim to fame, ha. I remember your dad with a smile, too, how he had to fold himself into those little planes! Congratulations, also, on the joyful craziness of having 5 in tow.

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    1. fiveintow

      Ah ha! What fun times! I remember sitting in the audience at one of the conferences and watching my mom CRY, she was laughing so hard. I know we have some hilarious photos of some of your acts…I’ll have to dig those up. :)

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      1. Bill Davis

        Thanks for that. If you find good pics, please let us know! it’s been fun to connect with lots of MKs on FB, blogs, etc., including your old fellow Mindanao dweller Robert Ostman.

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      2. fiveintow

        It has been fun for me as well. I have been following the Ostman’s journey back for their translation checks. I got to go into their tribe when I was there with Mom and Ron. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The people still remembered my dad. There was something redemptive about standing on the airstrip, being introduced as the tall pilot’s daughter, and seeing their eyes light up with recognition. His was a brief work, comparatively, but it wasn’t for nothing. I look at you guys who’ve been at it for 30 years, and I know he’s cheering you on. What a beautiful thing it is to be a part of such a body.

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  58. alexis

    I love your “If this is your first child, clean the ________ first” comments. Oh, sooooo so true. Now we’re well into the ‘brush it off, it’ll be fine!’ stage. And I said that I would *never* be one of ‘those’ moms!! :O Hey, as long as the kids are getting food into their mouths, I’m happy! ;)

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  59. S

    Leave food in stroller basket. Works like a charm.

    Take away the toy that is food. The need to play with food overpowers the need to annoy mom. And asks for plate back. Still sneaks in playing with food but *some* of it goes in. Mom of almost 23 month old.

    Oh yeah, picking things off the floor? Inspired. And as another mom says, if I didn’t see it/choose to not see it, it didn’t happen, right? ;-).

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    1. fiveintow

      Excellent tips! It’s funny, I wrote this post in about two minutes, off the top of my head, because I hadn’t posted anything new in a couple days. I had no idea it would go viral like this, or I might have put a little more thought into it!

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  60. Marylin Warner

    Thanks so much for this!
    I’m still smiling–giggling and laughing out loud, too–because I’ve been reading these aloud to my grandchildren. They’re 7 and 8 and thought they knew everything about feeding themselves and others. Now they’re absolutely sure they know everything!

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    1. fiveintow

      Thank you, Marylin. It’s a pleasure to have you here! Your site is beautiful, although I couldn’t get through much of it without tearing up. It is a tribute to your mother and to you. Thanks for stopping in. I am honored!

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  61. Shanna

    Hahahahaha!!! I totally thought this was going to be another baby training lesson so I rolled my eyes when my friend sent me the link. Needless to say you totally made my day I laughed so hard!!

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    1. fiveintow

      Wonderful! Welcome to the site. My goal is to write stories that people of all ages can appreciate, relate to, and enjoy. So I’m glad you’re here. :)

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  62. andmybaby

    I LOVE this post for 2 reasons…1, it makes me feel better about the fact that my toddler won’t eat ANYTHING! 2, the ‘if it’s your first child, clean the floor/bowl first’….mwahhaha!! Love it : )

    Áine at andmybaby.ie

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  63. Eryn

    This is so funny….I’m still laughing. “If this is your first child, clean it first….” What a great post, can I link to this on my blog?

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    1. fiveintow

      Absolutely! Sarcastic and realistic all at the same time. I wrote this because this is how toddlers really DO eat. They really DO eat everything they find on the floor–food or not–and anything they can get out of the dog dish. Yet, they won’t eat anything on the table. :) If it drops on the floor, however…

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  64. Nicole

    once when i was a baby sitter the parents warned me that their kids were picky eaters and wouldn’t eat for a sitter and to make them. so when it came time to eat i asked what they wanted and they threw a fit and didn’t want to eat. so i made “myself” dinner and sat down by myself and began to take a few bites. when they said they wanted some i said, “nope, you said you didn’t want any and i don’t feel like wasting my time making something you won’t eat, so this is all mine.” finally after they begged me to share I gave them some of “my” food! works every time :) parents were so impressed they only had me babysit from then on and no one else. i use this trick all the time with my own kids now and they have no idea.

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  65. Suganya

    Everything is so true. My son is a no eater (not even a picky eater). He take four bites of food from his tray and throws the remaining on the floor. Then he will go look for something on the floor and eat that. He will squeeze the muffin and eat whatever is sticking on his shirt/pant. Oh and the car seat too… I have such a tough time to make him even have a look at food. I have tried #2 and #3, it did not workout for me :) I will try out the other options. Thanks for sharing.

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