The ‘No Thank You Bite’

 We’ve all been there, trying to coax/bribe/threaten our kids to eat their meals while they squirm about and turn into artful dodgers. Sometimes we resort to theatrics and put on our best British accents and talk like Charlie from the Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child. In the book, “I will never not ever eat a tomato“, Lola flat out refuses to eat all sorts of food and clever big brother Charlie tells a funny stories and rebrands them with exciting names and fussy eater, Lola ends up eating ‘green drops from Greenland’ (peas), ‘cloud puffs from Mt Fuji’ (mashed potatoes), ‘orange twiglets from Jupiter’ (carrots) and finally ‘moon squirters’ for tomatoes. Watch the hilarious You Tube episode.

Of course we don’t expect the kids to eat everything and like it (even adults don’t), my goal is to get my children to be open to trying new things. Just one itty bitty bite.

A mom I met recently, C. introduced me to the ‘No Thank You Bite’. Just take one bite and if you don’t like it, you say ‘No thank you’. I thought it was brilliant and tried it at home. It might be that it’s concise and catchy and definitely much more appealing than “if you don’t eat that, I’ll take away your Lego magazine” but it works (most of the time)! And to take it one step further, if they try it and like it, Pikelet & Lollo now call it a “Yes Please Bite”.

Try it in your household!


Quick update: As I was editing my piece, Nancy Tringali Piho from one of my favorite blogs My Two Year Old Eats Octopus posted a similar post on the Two Bite Rule. I love the Two Bite Club story published by USDA talking about the food groups and encouraging kids to eat. Child care centers, day care centers and kindergartens can obtain free copies here.

Till our next Happy Meal!

Cheryl Collett is freelance journalist and a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates.

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12 Responses

  1. Yup! We do the try it bite. Because the 7 year old is not allowed to complain about the food unless he knows what it tastes like. (Actually, he’s not allowed to complain about the food at all, because that’s rude.)

    I make one meal, eat it or not. The exception is if I make something really hot like Indian or using pepper flakes, etc. He has to try it and can opt out for a peanut butter sandwich.

  2. nice one luvvy, it is so true…I have a 15 year old who tries everything and eats almost anything. I still know mums who complain that their teens won’t eat anything… because they were never made to try! Wish I was creative enough to come up with the green drops from Greenland though!

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  7. Kristin

    Love love Charlie and Lola!! So true. And we do the “one bite” trick, too, though the “no thank you”s are way more prevalent than the “yes, please”s. Sigh.

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