The other night my family went to a local hibachi restaurant. It’s our favorite! Every time we’ve had a special thing happen, we’ve celebrated it there. As our kids have gotten older, they now enjoy the sashimi tuna that we order. It’s been 6 years of constant slow exposure for my daughter and our son follows suit!
I wrote a passionate piece a while ago about how parents should NOT make a face about foods and how that can lead to kids being brave and bold on trying and tasting new things: Don’t Make A Face…Kids No Fear Eating | They Will Love Your Effort
As we sat at our table, we were joined by another family. A mother, father, and 5 year old son. They told us that while they enjoy hibachi and Japanese cooking, this was their first time exposing their son to it. Over the course of the dinner, the mother and I exchanged several glances…the ‘yes, my son is completely covered in noodles’ ‘yes, our son is trying to dump the soup all over his shirt’ ‘yes, our daughter really did just eat 1/2 our tuna’ to me giving her the reassuring face when her son was refusing to try a few things.
When the father and son left our table at the end of the meal, the mother quietly told us she couldn’t believe how many different things my children had eaten that night and in the massive quantities. She tried to tell us how her son loves fish but has a hard time stepping outside of his comfort zone when it comes to food. The first thing I said to her was ‘my goodness! Please don’t apologize! Your son sat so nicely at the table and was so polite in trying the foods…even if he didn’t like them now.’ I told her that her and her husband should be proud of taking their son out and exposing him to something new! As a parent, I know the anxiety that one can experience when going out in public and not knowing how your kids will react to a certain situation.
Here are some fun pictures of my kids enjoying udon and Japanese curry from our trip to Japan this past summer<3!!!
It’s hard to be brave and face the unknown. Don’t give up! If you keep trying something or at least showing your children new things, they may just surprise you and try something new too! It’s not a big thing to do…you don’t have to do it all the time, but if you put in a little bit of effort you might be surprised:-)
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3