The Important Lesson I Taught My Son

Recently I wrote about how picky my son is when it comes to eating food. I also mentioned that he didn’t extend the picky behaviour only to dinner items but to desserts too.

While reading through all your excellent comments and recommendations, I noticed that Jennifer from Mom vs The Boys made a good point about my boy not liking Ice Cream and I set out to rectify the situation.

I’m a Dad. My job is to teach my kids stuff. Learning how to enjoy a delicacy like ice cream, I believe, is one of my jobs and an important one at that.

I actually hadn’t realized just how important it was until we got to the ice cream shop. I managed to get my son to taste my chocolate ice cream, so he could see that it tasted like chocolate milk, his favorite.

He immediately asked for his own cone and we were off and running!

He treated the ice cream as if it was a trick I was playing on him. As if any moment, a dragon was going to pop out of it and eat him. Holding it in his fingertips and taking licks so small, that it almost looked like he wasn’t eating it at all.

But the ice cream was disappearing and soon he was stuck staring at a half empty cone.

I know what you’re thinking…”What is this guy talking about? You don’t teach a kid to eat ice cream, you just eat it!”

Wrong! What happened next is proof of my heroic act of Daddyism!

Staring down at the vast emptiness the cone had to offer, my son then asked me “What now Daddy? Am I done?”

In that moment, I realized that I had more to offer than simply teaching him that ice cream is delicious. “Why no my boy, you can eat the cone too!”, I responded with joy.

I’m not lying when I tell you that we then spent a good 15 minutes going over cone eating techniques. My son then went to work, in what I can only describe as the slowest cone eating adventure there has even been.

It didn’t bother this Dad one bit. He ate the whole ice cream cone (without spilling in the car) and I couldn’t have been more proud of him!

I’m finding that, with parenting, even the small victories are still victories. Up until a week ago, my son had scoffed at ice cream, especially if it came in a weird crunchy cup.

And I know it was only an ice cream cone and I shouldn’t be proud about my kids eating junk, but I am and I’m not sorry about it. Every step they take in discovering something new is an exciting experience for a parent and I was happy to be a part of this one!

Have you ever been excited or proud of your kids about something others might see as a small or non existent feat? Share it in the comments below!

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  1. ashley picco (mamawee)
    ashley picco (mamawee) says:

    It took a long time for Julien to eat an ice cream cone (he had no issues with ice cream and a spoon – but he scoffed at a cone….I was thrilled when he finally tried it – so I understand why you are proud!

    Way to go Lucas

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  2. Kelly @ City Mom
    Kelly @ City Mom says:

    This is so cute Chris and I totally get your pride in this scenario. My DD is pretty picky too about certain foods that you’d assume a kids would die for. She gets it in her head for some reason that she doesn’t like a particular thing about a food and then it’s off her list for good!

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Thanks Kelly! They are so strange these kids of ours. One day they love it, the next they’re over it and then it starts all over again!

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  3. LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
    LaQuita (Just Us Girls) says:

    I love this post. You did a good thing taking another stab at showing your kiddo that ice cream is delicious! I’ve had my share of a picky eater, my daughter just started eating cheesecake, she wouldn’t touch it before, but after Easter she absolutely loves it. Kids are too funny.

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  4. tommyriles
    tommyriles says:

    Awesome, Chris. Our son (almost five months) only likes mommy’s milk. Last night I gave him his first full bottle! I felt the same sense of accomplishment. Good job, dads!

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      It’s a cool feeling as a Dad when you start to actually contribute to your child’s life. Very rewarding indeed!

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  5. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    and all is now right in the world……. but are you INSANE????? you gave him his first ice cream cone in the car??? you are soooo lucky your whole backseat wasn’t covered lol only a dad would do that, jus’ sayin’ (and don’t go all huggies hatin, I’m a dad I know what I am doing in my ass- you got lucky my friend! lol)

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Pffft, I knew we were safe all along! I had my Huggies wipes with me anyway so I knew they would help me become a better Dad and not wreck the car! LOL! J/K Huggies, we’re good now.

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  6. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    I have a confession. I have convinced my son that he absolutely can’t stand ketchup and Coke. Because I can’t stand ketchup and Coke. And because I think they’re really bad for his health. I know. I’m a bad parent. On the up side, he decided he loves ice cream all on his own and he has mastered the art of trying new foods with a little help from his mamma!

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      I don’t have to convince my son to not like those things because he is already there. Doesn’t stop Daddy from having a coke every now and then…(maybe with some Crown in it….)

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  7. Sonja Rois
    Sonja Rois says:

    My daughter won’t eat Jell-O. Never has. She has tried it, in many forms and flavors, but has never eaten more than a nibble to try it. She actively hates it. As a mom, I always felt like she was missing out. Isn’t that one of those things that all kids like? I mean, throw a Jell-O jiggler in the middle of the table surrounded by kids and it kinda looks like the bouquet toss at a wedding. Not my kid. Then again, she doesn’t really like candy either. I just left it alone though because my daughter has always been a bit odd. And yes, she is a VERY picky eater. But we have a rule, “You don’t have to finish it, or even like it, but you have to at least try it. If you still don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” This rule is responsible for her actually broadening her pickyness and learning that she does actually like things she didn’t think she did. Jell-O is still not one of them though.

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      We try to play the “at least try it” game too. It works sometimes but if he doesn’t like the look of it or if he catches on to what we are doing, he’s out! LOL

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  8. Dan L
    Dan L says:

    Great read…I was surprised when my son started eating seafood, including scallops & calimari when we were out to eat one night. What eclectic taste he has….and then I soon realized what expensive taste he has too. Yikes!

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  9. John (@squirtsdad)
    John (@squirtsdad) says:

    Reminds me of when my son was just starting to use sippy cups and we were at a restaurant on vacation. He had to drink from a straw in a glass and we realized he didn’t know how to use the straw. I demonstrated by sucking the straw slowly so he could see how the liquid came up the straw. He got it the first try and drank a whole glass of orange juice. Small victories! Great post.

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    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Thanks John! There are so many small victories that I hope I remember to stop and enjoy them from time to time like this one. It’s so easy to just get caught up in life and forget that your kid is doing things for the first time.

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