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Kiss It, Lick It, Bite It

By caseymullins |

“Mom? Can I have more plums when I’m done with my chicken?”


“Mrfoomoopbssmms!” (her mouth was full)

“Addie? Did you say you wanted more plums?”


“Yes! Is there more? I’m almost done with my chicken!”

Huh. She wanted more plums. Three weeks ago she swore that she hated plums, she would never like plums and that plums were the ugliest food she had ever seen. To think it all started by telling her to kiss it.

Kiss it. Lick it. Bite it.

A friend of mine told me that she had employed the “kiss, it lick it, bite it” trick for years and it had yet to fail her. Before using the KiLiBi method I always required Addie to take at least one bite of whatever food it was that she swore she didn’t like. She usually still claimed she didn’t like the food purely out of small child pride. Sometimes one bite of a new food can be a lot more intimidating than kissing it first, licking it second and biting it last. Think of the first time you had to try quinoa. Now there’s a funny looking food. Better to take it easy.

She likes some pretty interesting foods and it’s all thanks to the KiLiBi method. I’m not sure why I’m still surprised every time it works. I kept giving her plums, once she realized they weren’t going to kill her dead she ate them, albeit not willingly. Finally tonight, four plums later…she asked for more.


Up next is to convince her that spaghetti squash is where it’s at.

Any tricks in your house for getting kids to eat new foods?


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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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