Why children have an aversion to green things on their plate I don’t know. But what I do know is I have that same aversion to green things on my plate. Maybe its the color that is just not that appealing or it’s just a mental block. As none of you know, I have a three month old now. Not to long ago I had a dream I was trying to teach her to eat peas. As with most kids, she didn’t want to eat them either. So I was trying and trying to get her to eat them. I was telling her they were good, healthy, and yummy. She just didn’t bite. Then my dream took a twist.
The two of us were sitting across from each other at the dining room table. She had a bowl of peas and I had a bowl too. I was teaching her to pick them up with her index finger and thumb. Somehow thinking fine tuning her fine motor skills would help her to like them. I would put the green thing in my mouth and say yummy. But it just didn’t taste like peas. She would look at me and analyze what was going on. I would do it again and still no pea taste. She would stare and not believe that peas tasted good. Then I would take a spoon full and eat them. Still making yummy sounds. Eventually, she caved and started eating her peas and enjoying them too. Then I finally realized I wasn’t eating peas I was eating green M&Ms.
How awesome is that? I am totally going to do that to her when she gets older. I will have green M&Ms on my plate and she will have peas. She will be none the wiser. Hopefully my husband will want chocolate with his dinners too.