You’ve come home after a day of work, exhausted. Despite every fibre of your being pulling you towards your bed/sofa/any flat surface, you open the fridge and come up with something for dinner. You spend the next 40 minutes cooking it, before placing it down on the table in front of your family.
“I don’t want it,” says one child.
“I’m not hungry,” says another.
“But I don’t like [insert main ingredient]” says another slightly bigger ‘child’ who may in actual fact be your partner.
It’s an all too familiar scene – but it’s about to be a thing of the past.
Lolly bags on the other hand… well kids are all about those. Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright discuss their parenting woes on This Glorious Mess. Post continues below.
Equally exasperated parents have taken to Reddit to share their tried and tested mind tricks that basically guarantee even the pickiest eater will finish dinner, every time.
1.Fear of loss.
Basically “create a sense of urgency” as they say in the marketing business.
“That’s why coupons have expiration dates, why airline websites publish ‘Only two seats left!’, and why the only way I can get my daughter to eat her dinner is by threatening to eat it myself,” wrote one user.
This was confirmed by another contributor.
“A friend of mine has a five year-old son. She told me that, when the kid threw a tantrum over dinner, she would just let the kid go: ‘Well, if you’re not hungry, you can go.’Later, after an hour, the boy would get hungry, and would ask for the dinner. To which she’d reply: ‘But I ate it all!'” they wrote.
"When the son began to cry, she would offer to head to the kitchen together to make some food. Since then he always ate on time whatever was on the table."
2. Try a buffet.
You'd be amazed at how much kids want things others have.
"Try communal or buffet style eating instead, where they compete with each other, and see how that goes," wrote one savvy parent of three picky eaters.