Just try it!, It won’t kill you! — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Just try it!, It won’t kill you!

by ShashK


Feeding Spiff has always been a challenge.

From the moment he entered the world, he had difficulty latching (oh, the tearful cries to the La Leche League still ring in my ears!), and then difficulty with bottle feeding and formulas. (We settled on Nutramagen) Then it was textures; Too grainy, too mushy, too sticky, too gloppy. And woe betide anyone who mixed anything into what he was drinking or eating! He could detect any foreign substance in anything we game him, so hiding his medicine in his food or drink was not an option. We finally narrowed down his “will eats” to the following items:

Chicken Nuggets
Spaghetti (penne pasta)
Mac & Cheese
Grilled chicken (with a ramekin of BBQ sauce)

And, lo it was good. For awhile. But it seemed that as he got older his menu choices didn’t change like
his friends’ did. And he’s almost at the point where passing as a 12 and Under is becoming quite a challenge. So we hatched a plan. A devious plan. A plan that, if it worked, would open doors for him, and make him expand his culinary horizons, as it were.

We invented the “Tasting Plate”.

The tasting plate is a small salad plate that we put things that are at the table that we have prepared for the rest of us. Small portions only, like maybe just a bite. But the bottom line is he has to try everything on the plate. EVERYTHING.

We’re ogres, I know. Just call us Shrek and Fiona.

The interesting by-product of this experiment is that Spiff has become more amenable to trying foods at restaurants. I never thought we would be able to set foot in a PF Chang’s as a family. We have since been able to do that and so much more. And while he does more often than not order his meals from the kid’s menus in restaurants, just the mere fact that he is out and ordering and eating gives me hope for the not-too-distant future when he might ask a girl out on a date or to a movie.

Hopefully by then he will be ordering off the Adult menu. Or his date will appreciate his frugalness. Either way, there is hope for the future.

Sometimes, that is all you can ask for.

Shash is vacationing with her family and trying to stay sane! Click over to Diary of a Crazed Mommy to read more about her life and her amazing family.

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1 Barbara June 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm

An excellent tip, ShashK – one that is almost universally acceptable to all children.

2 Tammy and Parker June 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm

lol! Parker’s ‘Will Eat’ list right now consists of Cheetos.

And we are kinda thrilled about that.


3 Maria June 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm

LOVE this idea – I have a very picky eater who refuses to try anything, but this just might do the trick. Thanks so much for the great idea!!

4 Karin June 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I LOVE the idea of a tasting plate. We decided to give it a try this week with the turnips from the CSA. Turns out that a taste became “May I please have more” and before we knew it, the turnips were gone. Before they even made it around the table to me. Great idea. We’ve used it with every new dish since I read this post. Thank you.

5 ShashK June 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm

@Barbara – Yes, it is a universal tip! It’s also such a simple one, that I think we sometimes forget that it is an option. It was definitely a “light bulb” moment for me!! :)

@Tammy and Parker – Hey, aren’t Cheetos part of that new fangled pyramid? I could have sworn… ;)

@Maria – You are welcome!! Hope it works out! Please come back and let us know!

@Karin – I’m SO glad it has been a success! We are thrilled with the results! :)

6 Jeannie Anderson July 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

It’s a dream come true. I’m gonna have to try this.

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