"You cannot have any more green peas until you eat some of your beefaroni."
I actually said the above statement to my almost 14 month old son today at lunch. I was having to withhold vegetables so the child would make an attempt at trying his pasta. How insane does that sound? For some reason, Isaac does not like tomato-based things--no ketchup, no pasta sauces, no actual tomatoes. What child does not love beefaroni? The child will eat salmon (in moderate amounts---no mercury warnings, please) but not spaghetti??? In order to prevent him from being a picky eater (I know one of the world's pickiest eaters and I fear this lifestyle for my child), we serve things that were not a big hit with Isaac several times in hopes that he will eventually start eating it. The pediatrician said it takes about 14 tries for a child to warm-up to a new food. Throw in Isaac's tendency to be cautious and it takes him forever to like a new food (unless it is a green veggie or any type of fruit). So go ahead and nominate me for Bad Parent of the Year because I did forbid my child to eat a vegetable today.