January 17, 2009

Best "Game" Evar!

Mr. Bee and I discovered the best pretend game ever. For a little backstory, Drew does not eat well, the only vegetable he will force down is broccoli. We have thought of every which way to try and get some nutrients into this boy, to no avail. All he wants are cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese and cereal bars. Side note- why do kids looooove cereal bars? They are totally disgusting! Mine love them. Drew would eat 4 in a row if I let him. Anyway, one night Mr. Bee and I thought up a game to help him eat veggies. (Totally collaborative effort, like kismet, we each contributed.) Here is the game:

Drew has one minute to eat a piece of veggie. We time this with a wall clock, which has a second hand he can watch. If he eats his veggie within that minute, Mr. Bee lf has to eat a piece as well. If not Drew gets a piece of veggie added to his plate. Most successful reverse psychology game ever. Boy who only ate one piece of green beans before gagging before ate half a BOWL last night! Almost cried it was so awesome. He even asks for the game now. We will now be shoving any kind of vegetable in him while this game is still considered fun. Wish us luck.

PS Don't think we are parenting geniuses just yet. Drew has now given up any kind of nap, and refuses to go to sleep at night. There's always something, isn't there?


  1. This is awesome! I wonder if it would work on a 13 year old? LOL! Yep, still fighting that problem!

  2. that is an excellent game. How the heck did you do that to your blog? It looks great

  3. What a great idea. I can't wait until my 9 month old is psychologically capable of being manipulated like this. He refuses to eat NOW. I don't know what to do because my 4 year old was close to perfect as a baby. Every transition was smooth, every new step was taken in stride....UGH. I will be using this in the future! Thanks. (I'm stopping by from SITS roll call, by the way)

  4. Great game! I wonder if it would work with other things I want them to do?

  5. Hi Janana! Great looking blog! And thanks for sharing the game. I'll have to see if it works on Punkette. She's not a big fan of veggies, but she does eat steamed spinach.

  6. That is FABULOUS! When he (or they) get a little older, take it a step further by challenging them to use chopsticks! They won't care what they're eating as long as they can shovel it into their mouths faster than you! :)

    Thanks for your comment...I certainly do wish I could hibernate until April!!

  7. Brilliant! I just love kid logic...

    I have to say, I'm amazed that he was originally willing to eat broccoli, which has never been one of my favorite veggies - although I do prepare and eat it, whether I like it or not. ;-)



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