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How do you deal with picky eaters? Is it a matter of exposing kids to a wide variety of foods or simply trusting that their palates will expand over time?
Sarah Michelle Geller thinks that there's no such thing as "picky eaters." Watch as she explains how she came to this conclusion, and learn her favorite strategies for getting kids to become adventurous eaters. You can also check out our tips for handling a picky eater.
Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter's Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
Thanks to Sarah Michelle Geller.
Video by: Sarah Bernard
Sarah Bernard: You want your kids to grow up eating kale and sea bass. But what if they flat out refuse? In fact, 30 percent of our site moms say their kids hardly eat anything.
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Sarah Bernard: So, Sarah, you have two little ones at home, and you are so passionate about cooking and getting messy in the kitchen. Why is that so important to you?
Sarah Michelle Gellar: We spend all this time on these little devices, and we're not doing this enough. And for me, it's all about creating memorable experiences and really being present in the moment. And mess is creativity, it's invention, it's innovation.
Sarah Bernard: I'd love to know your opinion on whether cooking with your kids maybe would expand their palate.
Sarah Michelle Gellar: Well, I've a controversial opinion on picky eaters, because I don't think there is such a thing. I just think it's about experiencing things. We have a rule in our house: You have to try something 10 times and two times more before you can even decide if you don't like it. Because they say that kids' palates need time to adjust, and often they just want to say no. But I am a firm believer that getting them involved in the kitchen – whether it's growing your own vegetables, going to a farmers' market, going to a farm, going to a supermarket, involving them in the process – is going to make them take ownership. When they take ownership, they take pride, and they're more likely to venture out and try something that they haven't tried.
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Sarah Bernard: What's the most unusual thing that your kids eat?
Sarah Michelle Gellar: My kids eat everything. My daughter asks – we were out once and someone said, "Do you want an ice cream sundae?" and her answer was, "But do you have any clams?"