The things parents do

Long ago, to get Brandon to eat his brocoli I took a page from Parents magazine, and told him they were little mini trees.  It worked, he loves them still to this day. (He also still calls them trees but, meh who cares.)

Last night I hit a new creative low.

I made beets.  Brandon eyed them suspiciously and so I said, "Brandon, you know how we put color things in the water to make it change color in the bath?  Well, beets are like colors for you, so if you eat them, YOU WILL HAVE RED PEE!"

And he ate them.  Every last one.

However, when he woke up this morning and said to Rob, "daddy I think I missed my red pee," I felt a little bad.  I have no idea why it didn’t work. I’m hoping he gets a red pee at school today or something, because if not I am TOTALLY going to feel like a fraud as a mother!

What tricks do you pull to get your kids to eat?

6 thoughts on “The things parents do

  1. We have big lows too. Was thinking of blogging them.
    The other night what we did was my hubby, son and I placed bets on what my daughter was going to eat next. She had to eat to play, so we just kept guessing, No I think she’ll bite…

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  2. That is so funny ~ but if it works ~ what the heck!!
    My kids are both too old to be fooled by these stories now, they just look at me like I am a mad woman!
    (Which actually I am ~ ha ha ) XX

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  3. Oh god…my mom told me the “tree thing” about broccoli when I was a kid, to this day it reminds me of that when I eat broccoli. haha! I don’t think I was a picky vegetable eater though. The only veggies I can’t stand are asparagus & okra, everything else I’m okay with.

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  4. Back in the 80’s all I wanted was curly, permed out hair.  I was a little kid and I thought curly hair was natural.  (I had two girl cousins who have hair naturally curly).  My mom, to convince me to eat my potato skins and lima beans, told me that if I ate them, my hair would turn curly.  The next time you want Brandon to eat something, tell him it will *help* him grow/get whatever it is he wants. 

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