Why Didn’t I Think Of That?


One Saturday afternoon, my husband and I went to visit my then one and a half year old niece. After playing with her for a few hours, my brother asked me to get her something to eat for lunch. I brought her some reheated leftovers on a Minnie Mouse plate with a juice box.  I was able to coax her into sitting at her small play table with no problems. She knew what was happening, so she went along, or so it seemed.  But after I placed the plate in front of her, she looked at me and then the plate of food and then folded her arms in protest before turning her head away to resume watching the cartoons I had just pulled her away from.

I tried everything I could think of to get her to eat her food; I mimicked a train going into her mouth and I even tried to reason with her (a one and a half year old I remind you) by explaining that it is important for her to eat so she could grow big and strong.  After twenty minutes of trying to feed her, nothing was working.

Enter: my husband.  He had a new feeding strategy, although I was skeptical anything would work at that point.

He took a small bite of the food and simply said, “This is delicious.” She looked at him and must have thought, “Man, I need to try some of that!”, or maybe, “I’ll have what he’s having”.  The next thing I knew, she was picking up the spoon and putting the food in her mouth.  I couldn’t believe it worked! Why didn’t I think of that? That is not where the story ends… she put the food in her mouth, but then quickly spat it out and said “THIS IS NOT DELICIOUS!”

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