IT TAKES TIME
A child’s refusal to eat many foods may be frustrating but it is normal behavior. Before children learn to like a food, they have to be exposed to the food repeatedly, become familiar with the food and taste the food. This takes time. Some children are very sensitive to new tastes, especially bitter ones like those found in many vegetables. In fact, vegetables are the foods most likely to be refused.
Senses trigger memories, which can last a lifetime. When shopping for, preparing and enjoying your favorite meal, the senses are being used and can trigger the special memories associated with what the food means to you, such as eating dinner together, making food as a family, and having conversations around the dinner table.
Adapted from Teacher and Family Connections Curriculum: A Supplement to the All 4 Kids Program