What Crazy Thing Have You Done To Get Your Kid To Eat? (Win $50 AmEx Card)

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Come on, ‘fess up, I know you have done some crazy stuff to get your kiddo to eat. Admittedly I do this less now as being a short order cook has severely exhausted (and annoyed me) so unless they are sick, it is “eat what is in front of you or starve” on the menu. Of course I have my share of weird things to get my kid to eat.

The silliest has been feeding them in the bath. I was super tired of the clean up combined with the whining and gave it a try in the bath. After all they needed t take a bath and it was the one guaranteed “happy place” for them – mine is Starbucks in case you’re wondering. Of course tales my grandma had told me about not bathing soon after eating because you would get cramps were floating in my head. But grandma was not around so I did it. The kiddo ate, they were clean and then they slept like a log. Sure my bathroom looked disgusting until I cleaned up (it still beats cleaning those high-chairs with those yucky grooves that are a magnet for crumbs) and I felt the need to disinfect the tub constantly, but it worked.

Do I feel proud of what I did? My kids are fine (man, I hope so) so I figure that I will quit judging me there (trust me there is plenty of places I do). Come on,  I can’t be the only one who has done some crazy stuff (whether small or big) to get the kiddo to take a bite. Spill the beans here and I promise no judging you at all. I promise!

Ragú is asking parents to tell their stories on Facebook.com/Ragúsauce. To sweeten the confession I am going to randomly offer one of you(one of my readers) a $50 AmEx card right here.

Would you like to win a $50 AmEx giftcard?

To win tell me what crazy stuff (small or big) did you do to get your child to eat Winner chose by random.org. Giveaways open to  US residents only 21+ only. Winner must reply within 48 hours or new winner will be drawn. 

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204 Comments

  1. 1
    Marilyn Wons says:

    My grandson likes to use a frisbee as his dish. Of course I place a napkin the botton of it and it is clean.

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    Kathleen says:

    I danced and sang a song in a public restaurant to get my daughter to eat once

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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    Adrienne gordon says:

    I bribed with promise of a puppy.

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    Mami2jcn says:

    Our standard line is “no dessert” and that usually works. But there was one time when my pickiest eater was 3 1/2 years old when my husband was exasperated and said that the police would come to take him to kid jail if he didn’t eat. It actually worked that time, but I’m sure it wouldn’t work now that he’s 7.

  5. 5

    I put the medicine in an ice cube and then in her Coke.

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    April Brenay says:

    I saved Mcdonald’s wrappers, and put my sons food in it and told him it was from Mcdonalds…IT WORKED!

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    Lisa says:

    I sneak baby food carrots or sweet potatoes in her mac & cheese :)

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    Ann F says:

    I let my daughter put ketchup on EVERYTHING! I mean everything…..

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    Amber says:

    I only let my son watch Popeye on TV, hoping he would start to eat spinach!

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    told her if she ate all of her corn she could have candy after

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    Kathy says:

    I never did anything as drastic as that but I did play airplane with her food

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    priscilla l says:

    I let my boys put ketchup on their food, if they will eat it this mommy doesn’t mind at all!!

  13. 13
    Sheena says:

    We use cute mini metal cookie cutters to make fruits, veggies, and cheeses more fun to eat. Kids who won’t touch pears will eat elephants without any complaints.

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    Margaret Smith says:

    We’ve used Ketchup to make funny faces on different food.
    Thanks so much.

  15. 15
    Shannon B says:

    We cut food into fun shapes.

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    Susan Smith says:

    I would let my child eat something they like a lot if they eat something that is healthy (like vegetables)

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    Paula Tavernie says:

    My grandson dips every thing in Honey Mustard he loves that stuff!

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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    Beth says:

    I allow Hershey’s syrup on basically everything – he loves it and if that’s what it takes so be it! :)

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    Jack Palmer says:

    Those who eat all their food will get a special treat.

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    Scott Martin says:

    My kids eat Asparigus as long as I have a dipping sauce for it.

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    to get my niece to eat her veggies I often have to eat them myself before I give them to her. I don’t mind but she cracks up everytime I do it.

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    Jessie C. says:

    I sneak beans into smoothies and homemade popsicles

  23. 23
    Estelle S says:

    My son loves green peppers, so sometimes I’ll cut broccoli into tiny pieces and stick it in food and tell him it’s peppers.

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    Stephanie V. says:

    Promised an app if he ate 3 bites of a veggie

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    courtney b says:

    we play airplane and fly the food in her mouth!:) lol

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    Nancy says:

    I would sometimes arrange their food artistically on the plate to amuse them into eating it!

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    Janet F says:

    My grandson loves trees and to try and get him to eat Broccoli, I convinced him that it is a tree and now he eats it.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina says:

    The only way I can get my daughter to eat more than a couple bites is to sit her on my lap in front of my laptop, go on youtube and show her videos of kitties, babies, and/or Sesame Street. (She is 1 and a half)

  29. 29

    I hide spinach, finely diced, in everything. Brownies, smoothies, casseroles, soups, you name it! If it can’t be detected, I throw it in.

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    Douglas Houston says:

    If he can dip it in ranch dressing he’ll eat it.

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    marci h says:

    my kids will eat good food with no problems–i’m pretty lucky there–they love homemade vegetable soup so i know they’ll get what’s good for them.

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    Jennifer B says:

    I used to have her pretend to be a beaver and gnaw the asparagus like a tree

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    Soha Molina says:

    usually hide veggies in the pasta sauce. The strong tomato flavor hides all:)

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    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I reminded them that their friends and favorite movies stars eat their veggies!

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    ky2here says:

    Lied through my teeth

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    Krista says:

    I don’t have children, but my parents used to coat everything I ate with spray butter or no-calorie margarine. It worked! LOL

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    Maria Malaveci says:

    I am so sorry I didn’t know we are not supposed to leave our email address

    Maybe the other post could be deleted?

    I have pureed cauliflower and hidden it in everything from applesauce to rice pudding.

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    pam k says:

    I bribed my kids and would put medicine in their applesauce when they needed to take it.

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    Krystal R says:

    My son has always been a great eater but I have always had him help me prepare the food and we have so much fun with this!

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    Pat says:

    I feed my kids Ragu products. They love them and eat them eagerly.

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    Jose Soto says:

    I would bribe them with ice cream.

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    Jennifer Marie says:

    We have had to have picinics outside to get them to eat!

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    jane jakins says:

    bribe him with ice cream

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    McKim says:

    I have cut the food in funny shapes.

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    ferriz says:

    we had to tell my nephew no more broccoli until he ate his chicken. such a strange kid….

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    Michelle H. says:

    When my daughter was little, I’d spread a blanket on the floor and grab the picnic basket and we’d have an indoor picnic (the blanket also helped with food spills!)

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    Tabathia B says:

    I hate to admit I let them watch tv while eating dinner if it works or entice them by baking cookies as an inentive

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    heather h says:

    my daughter is a picky eater and hates trying new things BUT when we went to hibachi i ordered sushi and she was intrigued to try it and now she cannot get enough of it…she literally asks me for sushi all the time and she is only 6

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    kelly nicholson says:

    To win tell me what crazy stuff (small or big) did you do to get your child to eat? Winner chose by random.org. Giveaways open to US residents only 21+ only. Winner must reply within 48 hours or new winner will be drawn.

    i dont have children,but i was once sent packing to my room!

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    Cynthia says:

    I told my son that if he ate his spinach,he would be big and strong and have muscles like popeye. Of course after he ate it,he didnt turn into popeye and hated me for the rest of the day LOL

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    Christina says:

    I sang a song and pretended the spoon was an airplane!

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    Cindy Brooks says:

    In the summer I let my grandson and his friends eat lunch outside on the run. I put their food outside on the deck or in the tree house and let them eat a little at a time while still playing. It may take them an hour to finish, but they eat!

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    Michelle L says:

    I put smiles on food or make it into something fun i.e shape it like a fish

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    June L says:

    I pretended to eat a child’s food until He decided the food was his.

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    Cindy Merrill says:

    Just about any vegetable- including “yucky parsnips” can be hidden, the crazy thing I do is grate or dice them, cook until tender, then add them to speghetti sauce or Chili: Then I sit there with a silly grin while the grandkids unknowingly chow down on parsnips!

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    jose benavides says:

    I made my child try suchi… I took a big bite first since I had never tryed it and so did he .. I liked it and he didn’t

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    Cynthia C says:

    I used dips as an incentive. It usually worked.

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    Kristi C says:

    I offer bribes. If my son his food all week, then he gets a toy on Friday.

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    EMMA L HORTON says:

    I TOLD THEM THEY COULD NOT GO TO HERSHEY PARK UNLESS THEY ATE THEIR VEGGIES AND IT WORKED ALL THE TIME..OF COURSE, WE ONLY WENT TO HERSHEY PARK ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR…BUT IT WAS WORTH IT TO THEM AND TO THIS DAY THEY EAT THEIR VEGGIES

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    Barbara M says:

    I’ve actually eaten some veggies I don’t like at all just so the kid would try it.
    Thank you.

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    happi shopr says:

    Not really crazy but we make food fun – like ants on a log: peanut butter stuffed celery sprinkled with raisins and/or dried cranberries.

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    Joy Ann says:

    I would play a version of airplane, I had to be a different animal (with sounds) for each bite I fed my daughter.

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    Kamani says:

    I let them eat in bed…

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    elven johnson says:

    I don’t have kids but when I babysit & have trouble I tell them that they can’t eat with their hands. It always gets the kids to look at me funny & most of the time they end up eating.

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    PragmaticMom says:

    Fish eyes, bone marrow from Osso Bucco, liver pate.

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    Amber says:

    Made funny voices or songs when getting the kids to take a bite of a new food for the first time!

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    Sheila K. says:

    I brought out a blanket onto the livingroom floor and turned dinner into an in-door picnic. Still a fun memory.

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    Katharina says:

    I remember when my daughter was curled up on her bed looking at her books after a day of not eating much at all. My bright idea was “wow, let’s eat cottage cheese while we’re reading!” and it seemed as if it was going to work… until I spilled the whole container of it on her carpeting. Didn’t try that again! :-)
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Mary Calabrese says:

    I sneak ground flax seed into many things I make. No one seems to know it and its sooo good for us.

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    pATRICIA tRESKOVICH says:

    PROMISED A RIDE TO THE ICECREAM SHOP LATER

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    I told them that it was something they like so they would try it,,,like fish sticks,I told them it was long chicken nuggets,lol,,it worked they tried it an liked it!

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    shannon says:

    Ah yes. My 2 year old likes to be blindfolded and fed, it’s a game to guess what on her plate was put in her mouth. Whatever works!

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    Jeanine says:

    I hopped up and down like a kangaroo to get my granddaughter to eat.

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    edq143 says:

    wonderful enter me

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    Denise B. says:

    Our son doesn’t like some food textures. So, we’ll take something like yogurt and mix it in with his milk.

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    i definitely bribe my kids by offering to buy them things if they will eat certain healthy foods

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    Christy says:

    I told my daughter that I’d buy her a car. Luckily, I only had to buy her a toy car.

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    Jess says:

    You don’t eat what’s served, you go hungry. End of story.

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    Nicole Vosburgh says:

    We will hide things in applesauce.

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    amberlyn Johnson says:

    I have a got to try it at least once policy. I don’t make special meals either. Eat what is serve or no snacks.

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    Linda says:

    I put foods that they don’t like as well mixed in with food that they really like

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    Tina M says:

    i had to dance with them to get them to eat

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    Jennifer McKay says:

    I’ve given foods different names like “little trees” for broccoli.

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    Jacob says:

    We get creative and cut foods into fun shapes. Like you can cut a hot dog with 4 “legs” and say it’s an octopus or cut sandwiches into shapes!

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    Debra F says:

    I try not to force my kids to eat anything….I was a picky eater and still am, so I can relate. My oldest will eat anything and everything and with my youngest, if I offer him ketchup, he will usually try it.

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    Wayne Dougherty says:

    The calamari was cut to look like onion rings. I told my son they were onion rings and he ate a bunch of them with no problems. Afterward when we told him what it was, he freaked out.

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    Jean Lynd says:

    With 4 kids, I’ve done all sorts of things. One of my most useful “tools” is to take the offensive food (say, peas) and hide it in a liked food (say, mashed taters). It takes forever doing it that way, but it works!

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    Natalia says:

    I decorate food as a car, dinosaur or other crazy things.

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    John says:

    I give the food different crazy names that appeals to my son.

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    Crystal F says:

    I’ve bribed them with money. I’m not happy about it but it worked. lol thank you!

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    kyl neusch says:

    bribed with desert

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    Ashley Hatten says:

    Gosh I kinda feel bad for saying this but I have bribed them with candy or a “treat” if they eat their dinner :/

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    Judy S says:

    I used to pay my daughter to eat :(

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    Susan Ladd says:

    I would serve applesauce w/ everything to get my daughter to them. Thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

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    Jessica Gengler says:

    bribed with candy

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    Kim says:

    We would pretend to cry if our daughter did eat, the louder the better – guilt worked. Thanks for the chance.

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    Belinda Shaw says:

    Our grandkids really like hot dogs when they are sliced up into strips and called worms.

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    Eileen Burke says:

    I always have to do a little jig to get my kids to eat!

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    lisa brown says:

    I cut and prepare the food into fun shapes, lots of color, this makes it fun to eat.

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    Sammi says:

    spending hours cutting fruit and sandwiches into crazy fun shapes

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    patricia says:

    I always had Mac N Cheese so my child would eat.

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    Jimmy says:

    I use ranch dressing to make undesirable foods more appealing

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    Jessica F says:

    My daughter loves cheese on anything!

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    Dana says:

    i promise that its an airplace

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    Ashley Morrissey says:

    Douse stuff in sugar, bribery, begging, haha! You name it!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashleymorrissey90(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    joni says:

    I offer $1 to them to taste different foods that they refused to eat. You’d be surprised how much more they learned to like and eat regularly.

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    Caryn S says:

    I’ve bribed her with dessert and told her it tasted like something that it didn’t

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    Valerie Mabrey says:

    My little grandson loves to suck on big old pickles. He makes a face but still wants it back
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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    Jamie Brigham says:

    I used to sing and dance to get them to eat. I would even pretend I was a beaver and eat the Trees *Broccoli* just so they would. It made them happy, they ate and might I add I dislike Broccoli with every fiber of my being. Oh the things we do for our kids

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    Heather T. says:

    I tell my daughter not to eat my food (even though its hers and sitting on her plate). she always eats and in the process we are laughing because she thinks its so funny to eat my food after i told her not to :)

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    Desiree Dunbar says:

    Dipping lots of things in ketchup

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    Kenny F. says:

    I let my son put ketchup on everything

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    Daniel M says:

    everything is better with ketchup!

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    Lucy Schwartz says:

    Letting them use cheese in a can to put on their food. Also promising them they can add Reddi whip to their dessert if they eat.

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    jeannine s says:

    I get them to eat turkey by telling them it is chicken

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    Richard Morris says:

    My four year old hates trying new food & used to fight us a lot. I made a promise to her that as long as she tried one bite…i wouldn’t force her to eat more. After she saw that i followed through, she tries much more than ever (and usually ends up liking it!)

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    Lynda Del says:

    I bribe them quite a bit.

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    TAMMY says:

    It’s a standard in our home that if it isn’t finished for dinner, they get it the next day for breakfast, that almost always works.

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    Debbie C says:

    Really, nothing. If a child is not eating, I offer only good nourishing food, not snacks or sweets and they eat or not. A child will not willingly starve. You just have to be sure they have only good foods for them when they cave in and eat.

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    tracy davis says:

    I puree up vegetables and sneak them in everything from mac and cheese to chocolate cake

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    carol says:

    finely chop veggies and put in pasta.

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    susan varney says:

    used the spoon as a flying airplane trick

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    Ross Hassel says:

    My son loves pickled herring, eats them like a bird.

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    julieh says:

    My son is an extremely picky eater. The only way I can get him to eat a full meal is to distract him from the actual ‘eating’ and focus him on other things. So, I have dressed up in old halloween costumes, like a clown, to get him to eat!

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    angie lilly says:

    I don’t have kids of my own, but my mother had to deal with my picky eating when I was a kid. LOL One thing she did to get me to eat my veggies was to tempt me with homemade chocolate pudding. If I ate my veggies, I got the pudding. LOL

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    Robin says:

    I put medicine in my son’s milk

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    Dara Nix says:

    My son HATED to eat vegetables of ANY kind – but we found that if we melted a little cheese over them, he would gobble them down. He STILL likes eating his vegetables with cheese to this day!

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    Christina Sparks says:

    made mashed cauliflower so It looked like they were eating mashed potatoes

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    Suzanne K says:

    made funny faces/shapes of the food

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    Naomi says:

    Pureeing has always worked great for me in order to squeeze secret veggies into things!!

    Naomi

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    Pat B says:

    My kids were good eaters so I didn’t have to do much of anything except put it in front of them.

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    Brittney House says:

    My kids are pretty good eaters but when we have problems, i offer rewards.

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    kathy pease says:

    I had one kid that loved ketchup so to get him to eat we put ketchup on anything he didnt like and then he would eat it such as green beans and corn..yuck

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    Patricia C. says:

    Ketchup on everything. EVERYTHING. Even things that were never meant to come within 100 yards of ketchup.

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    Julie says:

    Bribery!

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    Diane Baum says:

    Crazy things-I played games with the food

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    Sustahl says:

    Probably the craziest thing I have ever done is let my son add ketchup to everything to eat. He has always been a great eater, but likes to add ketchup.

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    Ellie W says:

    My son would eat anything with A-1 sauce on it so I would carry a bottle with me whenever we went out to eat. He even put it on his pizza.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    Kathleen Conner says:

    I used a cookie cutter to cut food into fun shapes. and let them do it!

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    Mary Gardner says:

    played the silly airplane game

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

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    Christine says:

    that we would go to the circus

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    Vee says:

    My mom got me to eat feta cheese all the time when I was a toddler

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    Alisha L. says:

    There was a period in time when my son would get so easily distracted by what was going on around us that I’d have to be incredibly loud/funny or sing to him to get him to keep his head turned towards me to eat…Quite annoying after awhile lol

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    Debra Hall says:

    i’ve had to get them there own special plate and cup

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    John Billiris says:

    ask them to choose a color from the rainbow, and make a veggie that color

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    kjasus says:

    we’ve made bets with our son on who can eat more: him or mom and dad

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    Erica C. says:

    We usually promise a tasty treat if the kids try something new that they are scared to try. It works pretty well.

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    Jaque R. says:

    I put the food on a stick…ok, a skewer. My children loved to eat almost anything on a stick…so much fun for them. :-) Thank you.

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    misty sunrise says:

    My daughter hated tomatoes when she was younger, because her dad did. She wanted to be just like daddy. So one day I cut up some tomatoes in dipping sized pieces. I got some ranch dressing, and set it in a bowl. I sat her down, and had her try some with me. All of a sudden I hear MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I said they are good arent they? LOL her eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. Tomatoes are now here favorite. :)

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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    Lona W says:

    I have let the 5 year old eat while playing games on the computer instead of coming to the table.

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    laurie says:

    my sons want the dog to sit by him will he eats so i fix a towel on the chair and sit the small dog right beside him

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    tamar says:

    Everything :(

    Turn off any entertainment
    Put him in a hallway in his high chair
    Take away his favorite toy
    hide the healthy stuff in junkier food

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    Michelle C says:

    I sometimes encourage my kids to make “sculptures” with their food or let them watch movies while they eat. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    DanV says:

    We sometimes plat games about the food getting to their mouth

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    Brenda Gaines says:

    bribed with a new video game

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    R Hicks says:

    sometimes we would promise them more time to do their favorite things like playing video games

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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    lucas nelson says:

    I cut their vegetables into crinkle cut shapes. The cooler their food looked, the more they couldn’t wait to eat it!

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    tallcapp says:

    I always sang to my babies when I fed them.

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    Rosanne says:

    Puree the vegetables and put in the spaghetti sauce and some desserts

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    Kate S says:

    I’ve hid veggies in other foods before, lol

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    Sarah L says:

    Hate to disappoint you, but I’ve never done anything crazy like that. Of course, that may be because I’ve never had kids!
    Thanks for the contest.

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    joseph gersch jr says:

    Told my kids that veggies will make them have a great sense of humor

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    richard twark says:

    I told my kids they will get thick hair with eating spinach. My older son is now bald

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    tracey byram says:

    I’ve sang the Popeye theme song to get Tristan to eat spinach.

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    Michele P. says:

    well, other than outright bribery (promising them a toy they REALLY want) I’ve had to sing, howl, eat it along with them, burp loudly, and a few other un-motherly things lol. The bribery seems to work the best… but it’s a bit expensive at times.

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    Melanie Dauterive says:

    They are pretty good about eating their veggies, and healthy things.

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    jeanne conner says:

    OMG, I would let my kids dip their veggies in Marshmallow creme..

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    amy deeter says:

    i told my kids if they eat they can go online
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Heather S says:

    Cover veggies with lots of melted cheddar cheese..that is the only way they would eat them.

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    Jen R says:

    We let our children dip everything in ranch dressing for awhile when they would not eat.

    reejen5 at gmail dot com

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    Janice says:

    bribery with chocolate and money

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    Gena says:

    I bought that book by Jessica Seinfeld that has recipes where you sneak vegetables in it secretly. Underhanded but a good book, haha

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    K Anne says:

    I would put a side of ketchup with their veggies so they would dip the veggies in the ketchup before eating them.

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    Carol says:

    I hide veggies IN a pile of mashed potatoes, so it becomes a game to find and eat the veggies

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    Jennifer J says:

    I make bets with him that he can’t eat the whole bite of food, that usually works he is very competitive! Thanks!!

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    carol y l says:

    I told him his sister would eat it and it worked! LOL

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    Kristin says:

    Hmmmm…my kids were pretty decent eaters so I’m lucky in that regard. However, I did have one child who was sick and struggled to gain weight, so I would put butter on everything on his plate, which made his food de-lish (who wouldn’t want pats of butter on EVERYTHING?) and provided extra calories for him (this was the suggestion of his medical team).

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    amy delong says:

    my sons love ranch so they dip almost everything in it

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    sarah u says:

    promise candy for dessert!

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    Lori L. says:

    Our kids would eat anything as long as they could dip it. We used ranch, ketchup, sour cream, barbecue…sauces of all kinds for veggies and meats of all kinds. :) It worked and now our kids are 11 and 15 and good eaters!

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    Lisa Garner says:

    I bought my daughter a special plate and spoon to make her want to eat more.

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    Marie Howard says:

    i hid yucky stuff in sauce!

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    MichelleS says:

    Inject her medicine in a chicken nugget.

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    shirley pebbles says:

    I honestly just have to hide stuff in her food. We were at a friends house and they made rabbit(yes rabbit) but I didn’t want to tell her that so it became chicken with and r that we were eating.

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    Shawn R says:

    I puree cauliflour and mix it with my cheese sauce to make a healthier mac-n-cheese

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    Angela Winesburg says:

    I’ve used different colored food dyes to make foods more fun to eat!

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    Dawn Valentine says:

    I used to use cookie cutters to cut my son’s sandwich into fun shapes. It all started one day after I cut his sandwich the “normal” way and he proclaimed “But I didn’t WANT triangles today!” haha

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    gina says:

    I distract him with his favorite show while he eats.

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    Christy S says:

    I tell my little guy that all meat is chicken or he won’t eat it!! I also put carrot baby food in our spaghetti and chili….hehehe!!!

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    Dominik Fuhrmann says:

    lied about it being chicken!

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    Melanie Johnson says:

    I get my toddler to eat medicine by hiding it in her yogurt

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    Geoff K says:

    I went through a phase when the only way I could get the kids to eat was if I cut or configured the meal items into Sponge Bob characters – that became a chore very quickly! I’ve also incorporated board games and card games into meal time to help encourage the kids to eat as well. Thanks!

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    Quanda says:

    Once, I made airplanes sounds, in busy restaurant, to get my son to eat.

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    Bev M says:

    I love the bathtub idea. Why didn’t I ever think of that. Eat and clean up all-in-one. lol. I make pancakes in different shapes and my kids all love eating those. Some cute ideas on here. Thanks for the contest!

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    Michelle H. says:

    Bribery. I have used bribery.

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    Leah Shumack says:

    My daughter thinks that BBQ sauce seems to make everything taste better

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    Barbara Long says:

    I have blended veggies into sauces and hidden them in food I’ve made as best I could so they would eat healthier.

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    Veronica Garrett says:

    I sang the Barney Song.

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    Sand says:

    Mashing vegetables into the rest of the food.

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    Charlene Kuser says:

    I stood on my head and barked like a dog