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Solution to the Picky Eater Blues (2 videos)

Having a picky eater can be a real drag. Having fun with your kids while buying and preparing food takes the stress out of it and has been shown to broaden their palates. A great place to start is at the farmers market. Fresh produce is bountiful at this time of year and you can get great deals. These Parent Earth short videos show fun and easy ways to engage your kid at the farmers market and then how to make squash soup together when you get home.

Latham Thomas takes her 6 year-old son Fulano to the Union Square Farmers Market in New York City and they buy all the ingredients for dinner (plus leftovers!) for under 20 bucks.

She offers simple ways to engage all of a child’s senses and tips on how to turn a potentially stressful shopping errand into a pleasant outing. In the second episode, she takes her son home to their apartment in Harlem where they cook together. Before they eat, Fulano says a little prayer that he wrote himself: “thank you for the food, thank you for making it, thank you for growing it, thank you for picking it.”

Try watching these cooking with kids videos with your child before you go out to the market it might get them pumped about the trip. You can find a farmers market near you using the Eat Well Guide!

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2:03PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

I say eat or don't eat you'll eventually get hungry! My kids never dictated what was made for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As a single parent with a tightly ran ship as everything was on a time limit so I had no time for whiny brats that wanted to try that picky nonsense out!

9:39AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


12:14AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

That's great :). Thank you :)

7:39AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

I have a picky child. He loves cooking and playing cooking but doesn't want to try what he's made. But I'm glad it's not just me! Thanks, I'll keep on trying!

7:12AM PST on Dec 30, 2010

great ideas thanks

10:53AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

Thanks for the reinforcement.

10:34AM PST on Nov 8, 2010

I agree that the parents have to practice what they preach. I look forward to my daughter being old enough to participate in buying of groceries and cooking too.

12:40AM PDT on Nov 7, 2010

I started extremely young introducing new flavors to my son, who is now 10. As soon as he was old enough, he got to try new things. Fruits, veggies (including green bean casserole w/o the onions), and more. Since he started with variety, he still enjoys a wide variety. People are amazed that he eats spinach, brussel sprouts, and more... He also enjoys a wide variety of flavors, from Chinese, to Japanese, to Italian to Serbian...

We've also been cooking for a long time together, and he's very good with helping in the kitchen. He knows how to do meatballs for spaghetti and for Swedish, and can do the Italian sauce just fine. He also knows how to do mac n cheese, pumpkin pie, and more...

When the kids get to choose what to have or at least the sides, they're more apt to eat what you put in front of them. Plus it's good to teach our kids to cook. Don't forget to teach them to change their tires & fill their car fluids when they're old enough. All important regardless of gender.

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