When your child hasn't eaten their greens, you go great lengths to create imaginary games to feed them their greens.
It is a generational struggle for parents to get their stubborn children to eat their veggies. Children are without doubt one of the fussiest eaters. On the other hand, their parents use the most innovative tactics to smuggle veggies into their sandwiches or school lunches. When your child hasn't eaten green leafy food in a while, the urge to feed them a carrot or broccoli is at its peak. You think of numerous ways to deceive them into one, just like this hilarious dad who faked a multimeter test to feed his kid some broccolis.
In a Reddit video, a father can be seen using a multimeter on his child. The father says: "Let me see if your belly is full. Pull up your shirt." When the child accepts and lifts his shirt, he finds the multimeter won't stop beeping. He is unaware that his father is using the beep noises to induce him to eat more vegetables. "You have room for two more broccolis, but you have only three left," the dad says. The poor little boy looks at the bowl in evident concern, accepts his fate and eats the broccoli. That is a tragic story with a happy ending at the kid's expense. But you have to applaud the dad for his craftiness. Given how clever children are today, it is almost hard to deceive them, but this dad did it flawlessly.
The commentators share this sentiment. While some are sympathetic to the child's agony, others have lauded the dad for his creativity. "My kids too. At one point when my older son was 3, he asked for broccoli so I pulled out the head and he asked if he could have the whole "tree". He sat and watched a cartoon and just ate raw broccoli from a giant stalk for 20 minutes," commented u/jabbadarth. "You know this kid is going to be trying to commiserate with his friends in college about how much that tool sucked", wrote u/demoran. "One day, his world will be shook when he discovers what are multimeters. One day, but not today," said u/Amerlis.
Recently, the author of "Everything Here Is Under Control" and "The Second Season," Emily Adrian, turned to Twitter to share a trick that worked well on her 4-year-old son. As per Bored Panda, her son was "provoking" her by repeatedly putting a dirty leaf in his mouth. Adrian decided to make the most of this situation and offered him "special eating leaves" instead. In the blink of an eye, Adrian made her son eat an entire bowl of plain old salad for dinner. Twitter parents raced to the comments and talked about how genius this move was. Some shared personal experiences with their kids, making this Twitter thread even more wholesome.
My son was provoking me by repeatedly shoving a dirty leaf into his mouth so I offered him “special eating leaves” and now he’s a 4yo enjoying a bowl of salad for dinner— Emily Adrian (@adremily) September 27, 2021
Many kids do not eat their broccoli and research indicates that about 20% of them may be classified as fussy eaters. The Duke University Center for Eating Disorders' Nancy Zucker and her coworkers conducted a study in 2020 that examined picky eaters between the ages of 2 and 6. "They were twice as likely to have a depressive disorder diagnosis and seven times as likely to have a diagnosis of social anxiety," Zucker told NPR. To all the parents out there, who are raising kids to be picky eaters, you might want to do something about it. "They're more sensitive to taste, to smell, to texture, to visual cues like things like light." Some children grow out of it but the journey isn't easy.