What makes kids eat weird stuff?


On holiday with our two grandchildren, we discovered that one was averse to trying anything new whereas the other was fascinated with new flavours.
Please believe me if I tell you that our 8-year old Alex scoffs squid, octopus, prawns with the ease of a Big Mac! He loved salmon, sea bass, mussels and just about anything I asked him to try.
Even chillies! I had to bribe him with one Euro though. And the little rascal took a big bite off! The way that he dived for his glass of Fanta to cool the volcano that had erupted in his mouth was a sight not to be missed.
Does he do these things to appear "macho"? To stand out from the bland crowd? I am honestly not sure.
All I know is that with every new thing he tries, he goes up a notch in my estimation.
His twelve year-old sister, Evie, on the other hand, is someone who would die of hunger rather than touch, let alone taste something like a mouthful of broccoli or a juicy prawn. By the end of the holiday she was in fact toying with the idea of becoming a vegetarian!
Do I love her any less? No way! She has always been the apple of my eye! Now she will be the green apple…

I must say that my grandson stands heads and shoulders above your everyday kid who lives on chicken goujons and chips and nothing else.
Parents, please beware! Kids who eat anything seem to have more energy than others!

3 comments:

Caroline said...

Children have a very strange relationship with food in this world...

Jim's brother has two boys - one can't resist eating any chocolates he's given straight away - the other puts them in a treasure chest and gloats over his own will-power... though I'm inclined to believe its less will-power and more wind-up...

Kidd-ittles said...

Nice article. i have no idea why kids eat weird foods sometimes - just as long as they eat i suppose! :)

LDahl said...

My two year old grandson loves squid jerky but won't touch carrots. His sister will try everything but his brother won't eat anything... I honestly don't know why he looks so healthy when all he eats is ravioli, macaroni and cheese and meatballs!