Crayon Gourmet

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The other night, Chris made orzo with spinach, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, and feta.  Jude didn't eat his, so tonight we gave him the plate we wrapped up as leftovers.

"Do I have to eat this?" he asked. "I don't like spinach."

"You have to try it," Chris told him.

"You have to try something forty times before you can say you don't like it," I said.  This is from an article I read in a parenting magazine years ago.  It takes up to forty tries to acquire a taste for new foods.

"How much do I have to eat before I can have a banana?" he asked.

We divided the food up and showed him what portion he had to try.

"Jude, you're making yourself think you don't like it.  You've already decided so your brain is telling you that you don't.," I told him.

"That's not true. My brain doesn't tell me anything. Brains don't talk!"

We were getting frustrated and so was he.  Since adult logic wasn't working, I thought I'd try kid logic, "Jude, you mean to tell me that out of all the stuff you put in your mouth, you don't like spinach.  You eat crayons! Now, you can't mean that daddy's spinach and orzo is any worse than crayons."

"Gee thanks," Chris interjected. "What a compliment.  'Daddy's orzo is better than eating crayons.'"

"It is not better than crayons.  Crayons taste good," Jude replied. "Except for the brown ones; they taste awful."

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