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11:49 AM on 03/02/2013
Our two year old eats everything as he's been offered everything. This isn't a French thing, it's a common sense thing. He's never had a Happy Meal which shocks some of our friends but we do our meals in the reverse of most. If we offer healthy he'll learn to eat healthy. He's never been offered a hot dog or nugget. It may happen somewhere else but it won't happen at home.
01:03 PM on 03/02/2013
Maybe common sense is more commons in France?
Gene Bivins
Vietnam vet, gay activist, human being.
01:15 PM on 03/03/2013
Not likely.
03:38 AM on 03/04/2013
Same five year old has never has a happy meal, hot dog or french fry... happily eats his veggies cause there isnt any other options....
11:27 AM on 03/02/2013
We also make our children try one bite; if they don't like it, then they don't have to eat anymore. Even just one green bean, etc. My kids eat more vegetables than I do now. I actually bought a steamer to cook veggies for them...they love steamed broccoli, fresh green beans, mushrooms, etc. I actually made a real French meal the other day, and they gobbled it up. That's not to say they don't have their junk preferences, but we don't make special meals for them. However, they do draw the line at stinky cheese....I haven't turned them on to my love of Roquefort.
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11:15 AM on 03/02/2013
I'm not French and my grandchildren eat all vegetables and enjoy them, even brussel sprouts, lol. It's how you teach the children, no coddling, no coaxing, explaining to them the nutritional value. Either these kids are exceptionally bright or they just learned to listen and appreciate.
05:12 AM on 03/02/2013
We live in France with my four kids. As a dietitian I like the French way of feeding their kids, something I call 'meal discipline'. I also use the vegetable course first. Here is an article I wrote on it, called "The French Secret to Getting To Eat Vegetables."
Bon Appetit!
Christina Belcher
10:06 PM on 03/01/2013
oh, i could have written this article. excellent. i was just telling my japanese friend how i find it so strange that children here constantly snack. and kid friendly food? what is that, really? all you are saying is that you don't offer a variety of flavors and foods to your child. there is no such thing, really. that is how we have a country full of fat children and fat adults.
09:10 PM on 03/01/2013
Now I know how to describe how we have raised our grrls- French!! Who knew!! This perfectly describes what I and my husband did with our two. My 11 yo will take baby bell peppers to lunch and eat them in front of the hot lunch crowd as they look on in horror!!
Christina Belcher
10:08 PM on 03/01/2013
My daughter is the same. We cook a lot of different foods. She had sprouts on her sandwich, which she loves, and scared all her friends. We cut up bellpeppers, tomatoes, cauliflower.... She eats everything. It's all about trying new things and setting an example yourself.
11:17 AM on 03/02/2013
It's not necessarily all 'French', we were raised in Northern Ireland, my parents had no idea of French approach to food, but they did follow basic rules like introducing foods, just tasting, no snacking and sodas, eating what parents ate...... We were not spoiled with separate meals or pandered to. This seems more like common sense, and if you look beyond USA to other parts of Europe and the world, you might find other similarities to the 'French' method.
Annemarie Dooling
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09:12 AM on 03/04/2013
Yes, Italian as well. I was just saying to another commenter above that my family came to NYC from Italy and we grew our own vegetables and I was expected to eat what was prepared. Nary a chicken finger around for me. 
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05:44 PM on 03/01/2013
We never, ever, cook separate foods for our kiddo. We have family members that "give up" way too easily with their child. . .all he has to do is make a face and his mother rushes to cook up some Easy Mac for him, or ask him if he'd rather have a grilled cheese. I can't afford to have a picky eater!
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05:05 PM on 03/01/2013
At our house it is called a "no thank you bite". Regardless of the food, and even if you already know that you don't like it, you are required to take a no thank you bite. Proud to report that there are very few things that my children will not eat and they always get a big laugh when my husband takes his no thank you bite of asparagus.
Teri D'angelo
04:33 PM on 03/05/2013
Love the "no thank you bite"! I'm definitely stealing that one. :) Thanks so much for sharing.
04:13 PM on 03/01/2013
Sacre coeur! I'm French and didn't know it. This is exactly the approach I take and it works. My four year old eats olives, artichokes, smelly cheese, cauliflower, etc. Still can't convince her of the merits of onions or parnsips, but we're working on it.
Candice Bianic
04:12 PM on 03/01/2013
Trying an "real" bite (full utencil, chew and swallow) is the norm in our house. You HAVE to try a bite. If you don't like it after that, fine. I can't promise I'll never serve it again (lol unless everyone doesn't like it) because it might be someone else's favorite but I will promise that you'll have to try a bite each time it's served because our taste buds change over time. What we don't like today we might like tomorrow. Or visa versa. I remember loving Jolly Ranchers until one day I ate one and I didn't (of course it didn't help I was sick... that messes with your taste buds too.). I used to be a chocoholic... now I'd prefer fruit. But initially you HAVE to try it.