Making Picky Kids Eat

by Ivory Soap on 03/22/2010

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Dear Wii,

I know you probably get letters like this all of the time, but I am your greatest fan.

I. Love. You.

Since you came into our lives, our family has grown closer.  We not only eat more meals together.  We eat the same meal together.  No more ‘real food’ for mom and dad and croutons with grapes for the other three.  No more “You will take two bites!  No, I mean REAL bites.  That’s it!  You’re sitting in the corner until you swallow that!”

Because of you, I can fix whatever I want for dinner and they ALL eat it.  For the promise of a scant 15 minutes of time with you, they’ve eaten beef vegetables soup, salmon cakes, chili, chicken and gravy, tacos, chicken ginger soup, salads, patty melts, roasted chicken and vegetable soup, and many other meals that I thought wouldn’t pass their lips before they were forty.

It no longer matters if they are surround by snacks at Grammy’s for the whole hour and half before dinner.  They know to save room for dinner or NO WII.

Now we have peaceful meals.  NO fighting, whining, gagging, or squirming at the table.

Before you, no punishment, no reward could make these heathens eat.  But, your presence has paved the way for other carrots we can dangle (to postpone your hypnotic grasp on their souls until the weekend.)  Because they fell for you, they now eat for dessert, a piece of a hubby’s chocolate fish (?), or the promise of card games.

Thank you, Wii. Your creepy hold on my children has blessed my home.


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristin March 22, 2010 at 4:28 am

I followed the link thinking I might find some wonderful words of wisdom that might help with my own picky eater and wound up with a wonderful Monday morning laugh. I love down to earth work like this.

Emily March 22, 2010 at 5:58 am

That’s too funny! We love our Wii, too. As a rule I’m against video games, but somehow the Wii has passed muster and has become a family friend. 🙂

Anna Browne March 22, 2010 at 6:09 am

I love this – it’s sooo true! Never mind all the advice on growing veg with your kids to make them eat it – Wii is so much more effective.


~~Melissa March 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

Which Wii? How did Wii do it? Please tell!

aurelia March 22, 2010 at 7:42 am

Good for you for being mom enough to hold that Wii hostage!

Nik March 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

I LOVE THE WII TOO! Finally the kids LISTEN to me!


Erin March 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

You could replace “Wii” with “IPod” at our house!

Emily March 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

I can’t wait until mine’s old enough to understand ‘if this than that’.

That whole post was really funny.

Emily Anne March 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Amen x twelve

Erin March 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I did the same thing with my son… no Wii unless he took an honest bite of each type of food on his plate. It has worked wonders!

Cori March 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I guess I got off cheap – I just withhold!!

Lisa March 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

We have the same Wii mind control over here too. I can even get the kids to do their chores with out my fussing! Ah for the love of Wii!

Karen March 23, 2010 at 8:19 am

I love it! this is too funny 🙂 glad that I’m not the only mom to blackmail my child 🙂 hey if it works and no one gets hurts, why not?? hee hee

Pixie March 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

LOL…I use mine in a slightly different way…….
I withhold the Wii if bedrooms and the family room aren’t kept tidy.
it works like magic!!!!

Skitzophrenyk March 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Hmm.. Does this work on husbands, too?

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