Copy Kids: DVD Review

Do you have a “picky eater?”

I never believed in “picky eaters” until my son turned 15 months. He started rejecting things he had eaten willingly before. Now, he will not eat fresh fruit or veggies. He throws most things on the floor.

Just try to get that food past my lips. Just you try.

He just wants crackers.

This is shocking to me. Shocking.

I love veggies. I always have. My aunt still tells the story of how I requested “spinach and broccoli” for my special birthday dinner when I was turning five.

As a parent and health educator, I’ve always thought that if you eat a variety of healthy food, and give these same foods to your children, it would be simple to raise kids who eat–and love–whole foods.

So far, it has worked well with my first child. My daughter, age six, asks for greens and tofu for breakfast. At birthday parties, she stops eating a piece of cake when her “throat feels bad.” She barely makes a dent in her hauls of candy from Halloween, Easter and other holidays. She eats a piece or two then forgets about them. No bingeing. No hoarding. We are saving the candy to decorate the best gingerbread village ever next Christmas.

My son, however… Well, I’m worried about him.

Recently, I won a “Copy Kids” DVD that depicts children eating fruits and veggies. The idea is basically “Monkey See, Monkey Do.”

Although I try to abide by the AAP guideline recommending no “screen time” until the age of two, we’ve been watching the video. It is mesmerizing.

The kids are ADORABLE and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are seated at formal dining tables with a backdrop of bookshelves, while others are seated at casual kitchen tables with a backdrop of kids’ art hanging on the walls.

(Get it? Backgrounds…)

The kids are also diverse: they are cute, so frickin’ cute, and so unbelievably frickin’ cute I want to adopt them.

The first segment we watched was “Broccoli.” The opening scene depicts a sweet little moppet excitedly tearing into an entire head of broccoli.

That’s right. An entire head of broccoli.

The DVD depicts kid after kid eating gigantic, raw heads of broccoli. Not pieces, not steamed. My internal reaction to this was, “This is unrealistic. This doesn’t show how we eat broccoli. This isn’t going to help!”

Finally, toward the end of the segment, they showed kids eating pieces of broccoli. Whew!

Many of the other fruits and veggies are shown in the same way: whole. Whole carrots, whole peppers, whole tomatoes, eventually followed by kids eating smaller pieces. I suppose Copy Kids intended to illustrate what food really looks like, but I think would be helpful to show kids eating the foods as they are commonly prepared.

Although I may be one to quibble, I am not one to give up!

The other afternoon, we watched “Cucumbers.”

I brought out a whole cucumber, a knife, and cutting board, and sliced the cucumber while we were watching. I gave the Little Guy a couple of pieces and ate several pieces myself.

Poor Rejected Cucumbers

He threw his cucumber pieces on the floor.

But there’s hope! Just yesterday, at the farmers’ market, he leaned forward and bit off the tip of a cucumber I was buying.

He might have even tasted it before spitting it on the ground.

That’s progress.

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11 thoughts on “Copy Kids: DVD Review

  1. Oh, I hear you. The Kidling is all over the board. She likes, then she doesn’t. She will try anything, then she won’t. Stick to it, and you will have a good eater eventually. Alice is getting there…

  2. Haha..that’s funny. At the age of 15 months…I wouldn’t really expect much…in my experience of dealing with way too many kids between birth and 2 years…they go through strange phrases with food and of course every child is different, but I think most kids have some food paranoia at that age…for one daughter it was any fruit with a seed in it…if I took the seed out before she saw she’d be okay, if not she’d throw it…with my other daughter, well she’s gone through several phases…they try brocolli but don’t eat raw brocolli and I don’t blame them, I only eat brocolli raw when blended in a soup, otherwise I think it’s too difficult to chew and digest…

    I think it will help though, it’ll probably just take more time, I would let him watch it with another kid. I have a fascination with how foods are eaten and prepared too. I really want to get a clip of the millions of ways in which to prepare fruits and veggies. Have you watched the whole thing? Some of the other foods are prepared in different ways. I’ve found there really isn’t a common way that raw fruits/veggies are prepared. I’m a food geek, but this is extremely fascinating to me.

    It could be a texture thing, some kids and people don’t like slimy things…I would focus on the fruits to begin with…but hey biting your cucumber at the market is a great start, I think! Sometimes too, they don’t like people watching them or asking or wanting them to eat. He could be at that autonomous challenge. One thing I did with my older daughter when she was around that age, was just putting certain things within her reach and secretly watching her go after them without adult supervision.

    There’s so many possibilities. I’m totally intrigued to see what happens in this food saga.

    1. Yes! So many possibilities! He’s actually 20 months now. 15 months is when the food challenges began. I do think it’s a texture thing. He’ll eat dehydrated strawberries, but not fresh ones. He even picks them in the garden, touches them to his lips and then throws them on the ground. We’re going to keep offering him things, let him take food from our plates, etc. I let him eat a blueberry off the ground at the farmers’ market. I was just so pleased he was eating a berry (it’s not like me to let a kid eat something that’s been mushed up and full of dirt and particulates and what-not from a parking lot surface). But of course, he spit it out. We’ll keep watching the DVD and offering a variety and try to not let it become an “issue.” Thanks for your support!

  3. Ha I can relate one of my 2.5 year old twin girls doesn’t eat at all except crackers. I have tried everything even when I’m eating and I ask her to join me, she looks at me with the evil eye and say NO…you eat it. The docs says they usually getpicky by 18-24 months and don’t grow as much as as they did in the first year. Keep trying eventually I’m sure his sweetness will come around :). I am going to check this DVD out maybe that will work for my mimpni diva. Great post

    1. Aw, thanks! That’s so interesting that your twins eat differently. Nature over nurture, eh? Thanks for the encouragement! We are going to keep trying!
      The DVD link goes to clips from their site–check it out! Really, really cute kids. My six year old has been asking to watch it.

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