It’s been well documented around these parts that Jay does not eat a wide variety of foods. To re-cap … He eats a grand total of 6 things.
He eats NO veggies or fruits. If you don’t consider McDonalds chicken nuggets to be real meat, then he doesn’t eat any meat either. No rice. No potato. Not even cake, ice-cream or cookies. You get the picture.
If left to his own devices, he would eat cheese doodles for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.
A while back we started using the cheese doodles as a bribery mechanism. For example, we would tell him that if he had eggs first, then he can have some cheese doodles. He doesn’t like it and he fusses and complains but it has been working pretty well so far. Up to last night, we’d only done it with foods that we know he already likes and eats. Scrambled eggs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Ramen Noodles.
Last night, Ace decided he’d like some blueberry waffles for dinner. No problem. As parents, we’re cool like that. (Or lazy .. whatever!)
Jay asked for cheese doodles. CC offered him the usual deal. A cereal bar or Ramen noodles first, then cheese doodles. Jay agreed.
From the next room I yelled: “No. Let him eat something else. Tell him waffles first, then cheese doodles.”
CC didn’t think it would work. We’ve tried to strong arm Jay into eating different foods before and It. Just. Doesn’t. Work.
We tried anyway. We told him, “Waffles first, then cheese doodles.” Jay was having none of it. He yelled NO and begged for his cheese doodles. When it was clear that he wasn’t going to get the cheese doodles he asked for a cereal bar. Then he asked for cereal. Then noodles. CC would have caved but I wasn’t budging. There was somewhat of a stand off then Jay angrily went into his room.
A few minutes later, while everyone else was in the middle of their dinner, Jay came and said “Waffles, then conkles.” (Conkles is his word for cheese doodles. It’s a derivative of corn curls which is what CC calls them.)
We popped a blueberry waffle into the microwave, put some syrup on it and guess who sat quietly and ate an entire waffle? Then when his plate was clean he said “Now conkles?”
This is BIG! I don’t expect him to start eating broccoli or asparagus anytime soon but any new item that we can add to his repertoire is exciting.
Also … I wonder what else we can get him to do by bribing him?