|Toast was a new food for my son, age 6.|
I told you he was picky!
Getting him to try new foods is a trial and tribulation. So a couple of days ago, I was absolutely delighted when he agreed to try toast- and he liked it!
Well, he didn't ACTUALLY agree. He hadn't been feeling well, (complaining that his stomach hurt him) and he'd been farting a lot, and so it was plain foods for dinner.
We had some rice in the fridge and we had some bread, and I said, half-heartedly, "Hey what about some toast?" He said no. (Expected response)
But I am intrepid. I cut a piece of bread in half, toasted half of it in an effort to force his hand, and put it on his plate. I then continued making my dinner. When I looked up again, both pieces of bread were gone! Guess what? He ate it!
So I said, "How was your toast?"
He said "Great! Can I have some more?"
I fell on the floor. Vindication!
He ate 3 slices of plain toast, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. (And his stomach issue seems to have gone away. )
So the next day, after eating his snack (chocolate chip cookies and blueberries) , he said, "Dad, I'm still hungry, can I have some toast?" I said "Sure!"
But I had a secret plan.
I toasted a slice of bread, and when it was done, cut it in half, and put a tiny bit of butter on one piece. It was a little obvious, so I put it butter side down on the plate.
|He could tell there was butter on it right away.|
And by doesn't like, I of course mean "refuses to try."
My hope was that he'd eat both of the slices and say, "Dad this one was extra delicious!"
He ate the non-buttered piece first. I ignored him, trying hard not to look his way as he stepped into my carefully laid trap.
He took a bite of the second piece and said "Dad!"
I looked up at him hopefully.
"There's something on this toast! I'm not eating it."
And alas, my brilliant plan failed. Foiled by a smart and stubborn kid with a fairly sensitive palate.
I dared too much too soon.
One step at a time. One step at a time.