The next time you plan to introduce your fussy eater to a new food, you might want to take some cues from actress Jennifer Garner.
As People reports, in a video for theSkimm, the mom of three—to daughters Violet, 13, and Seraphina, 10, and son Samuel, 7, whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck—revealed that she’s created a game called “Like it, Love it, Want More of it?” to make trying new foods fun.
Whenever she asks her kids to try a bite of a dish they’ve never had before, her youngsters ask to play the game. “They’ll take a bite and we’ll narrate it like we’re a broadcast announcer,” she told theSkimm.
“We’ll say, ‘Oh, look, Sam Affleck has the meatball on his fork. The fork is going to his mouth. Sam Affleck is … it is in his mouth. He is chewing! He’s chewing, he’s chewing, he’s swallowing! You can’t tell what he’s thinking—what is he thinking? And the verdict is … !’” she said.
The game, however, isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, which makes it all the more hilarious. Jennifer, who is also the cofounder of baby food company Once Upon a Farm, continued, “And he’ll say ‘Love it,’ because our goal is if you don’t like it, you say ‘Like it’—I’m sorry, it’s lying, but true. If you [actually] like it, you say, ‘Love it.’ ‘Wants more of it,’ you want some more of it.”
And if the kid doesn’t like the food, well, that’s never expressed. “You’re never supposed to say, ‘Ew, gross.'”
It might lead to some confusion down the line, but we could see this game working if our kiddos have a tendency to be a bit too blunt about the foods we give them. It’s also a much more refreshing, fun way of getting kids to try new foods, versus a more serious approach.
Jennifer knows from experience how hard it can be to feed a picky eater. During a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, she revealed that the secret to getting kids to try new foods is acting as if you didn’t work hard to whip it up. “The harder you work on a meal, the less likely they are to eat it. When you really sweat and you’ve really tried something new, that’s when they’re just like, ‘I’m not hungry, thanks,’” she said. “The trick is to care less. Don’t wear caring on your face.”