The prize is a DVD by Copy Kids, created with the idea that children want to do what they see other kids doing. The video features segments of children eating fruits and vegetables. Just like Jeanette, I was skeptical at first as to how cool this could really be. As a mom who only allows Simon to see two twenty-minute episodes of Blue’s Clues, or one episode of Sesame Street a day, and not even every day, and never commercials (thanks to Netflix), I usually balk at the idea of adding any screen time into his life. But her description of the kids in the video, and of her success with it, made me open my mind a little. (And relax a bit about the “Mom Police” coming to my door and arresting me for letting Simon watch more TV.)
Earlier in the morning, Simon had refused the banana I offered him at breakfast. He goes in and out of banana eating phases, so this was pretty normal, but I decided to experiment with one later in the day, while showing the banana segment of the video as a test. I brought him into the living room, put out the fruit on the coffee table, popped the DVD in, and selected “banana”. Now, I have to confess here, that he actually began eating his snack before the video started playing. So I cannot say it caused him to do anything he would not normally do. However, he did sit contentedly munching and staring at the other kids eating their bananas.
We then watched “avocado”, “tomato”, and “cucumber” because all three of those would be making an appearance at dinner time. Simon loved watching, and at one point was pointing at the screen and shouting: “Abocado babeeee!!” in his tiny voice. (So cute!)
I was pretty entertained too, I must admit. The kids are darn cute and they say adorable things. I even laughed out loud when one little boy had a slice of avocado slip out of his fingers.
Very soon, I am loaning this to a friend who has a picky eater on her hands, and I will be interested to see if it has any effect. I’ll also be testing on my own
guinea pig child again soon with broccoli, which is one vegetable he always avoids.