I know a lot of small children hate food, there have been some days we wondered how our oldest child would live with the minuscule amount of food that was being consumed.
(our second child will eat any food placed in front of him and will always swipe a sippy cup that his older brother puts down.)
Things started to improve when my husband began calling roasted asparagus “super grass.” If our oldest ate the “super grass” it would give him super speed.
After every stalk, he would run around the house and return wanting acknowledgment on how fast he could run…
Dinner rolls (he didn’t want to try DINNER rolls until) my husband called them, “spaceship” bread. That’s all it took. Now, we ask if he would like spaceship bread.
“Would you like some butter on your spaceship bread?” – No. okay.
One night, Danny offered Wiley some yogurt laced with fruit jam. This yogurt is so ridiculous good, but since the yogurt is not packaged in a Gogurt tube, Wiley would not touch it.
So, Danny, asked, “do you want some Deto dessert?”
My almost 4 year old made up a word that, to him, is the definition of awesome.
Deto (DE-toh, rhymes with ‘cheeto’).
He started naming all his toy pets, Deto.
Deto was the punchline to all of his knock knock jokes.
My brilliant husband discovered a way in – Deto.
Deto dessert was a hit.
“Do you want any Deto sauce on your spaceship bread?”
Seriously, this kid will try food any. time. it has a cool name.
Now, if you are going to label it Deto, you better deliver. You can’t give him a bite of liver and onions and call it Deto Bacon. It has got to be tasty, otherwise you kill the term Deto.
My husband and I were standing in the kitchen one night and I said I could not believe how Wiley responded to the name changes in his food.
Danny said, “it’s all about the branding.”
My next dinner casserole? Deto Pie!
May you all have a great Thursday and Deto weekend.