Parents use all sorts of tactics to get their picky eaters to consume calories, and sometimes it involves (a little) deception.

Recently, the author of Everything Here Is Under Control and The Second Season, Emily Adrian, turned to Twitter to share one scheme that worked really well on her 4-year-old son.

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After seeing him "provoking" her by repeatedly putting a dirty leaf in his mouth, Adrian decided to make the most out of his mischief and offered him "special eating leaves" instead. Just like that, Adrian successfully made her son eat an entire bowl of plain old salad.

Moms and dads appreciated the woman's quick thinking and as her tweet was going viral, some of them even revealed similar scams they personally use on their little ones.

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A Jones
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4 months ago

This is great as an adult too. Music is great along side chores. :D

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Bryn
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4 months ago

dragon fruit. problem solved.

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Lots of kids don't eat their broccoli but research shows that around 20 percent of them can actually be considered picky eaters. Most grow out of it, though.

Research also suggests that picky eating can be a sign of hypersensitivities that can occasionally cause social anxiety and depression.

Nancy Zucker, director of the Duke University Center for Eating Disorders, and her colleagues published a study in 2020 that looked at picky eaters aged 2 to 6. About 3 percent of the children in the study with extremely limited diets were also at a higher risk for mental health problems.

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My O My
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4 months ago

Now that was simple

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Piglet
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4 months ago

My mam told my young me they were sprouts. I ate my sprouts. I still eat my sprouts. I love sprouts. Sprouts.

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Mari
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4 months ago

Frozen???

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"They were twice as likely to have a depressive disorder diagnosis and seven times as likely to have a diagnosis of social anxiety," Zucker told NPR. So, according to her, parents who are raising an incredibly picky eater should be aware that it could be a sign of a bigger issue.

But most picky eaters aren't that extreme. However, Zucker said it's still worthwhile understanding what's going on with them as well.

"They're more sensitive to taste, to smell, to texture, to visual cues like things like light."

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DUN DUN
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4 months ago

A beautiful scenery in your stomach!

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Monday
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4 months ago

While silently celebrating that her kids were eating greens.

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Monday
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4 months ago

hmmmm meat yogurt

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Monday
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4 months ago

But what would it taste like if you actually fried them? I am very tempted to try.

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Again, in a situation where a kid really does have such a limited palate, Zucker suggests parents should remain alert but not give in to panic.

"So the way I think of these kids as these are sensitive kids... They're sensitive to their external world. They're sensitive to their internal world. They have a - potentially a richer, more vivid life experience ... That's not pathological, but it could be a vulnerability, you know, if it crosses a threshold where it starts to impair them."

For more similar confessions, check out these 30 Hilarious Tweets By Parents Who Were At The Mercy Of Their Fussy Eater Kids.

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DUN DUN
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4 months ago

I'm a big fan of monster ravioli too!

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Ashley Schriber
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4 months ago

That is great!

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Nini Meow
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4 months ago

And my cousin calls broccoli 'green cauliflower' 🤣🤣

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

Creative

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Jess Thompson
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4 months ago

This seems to work on a lot of kids!

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juice
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4 months ago

i hope that didn't get her to eat the "xperinents" made from leaves and dog spit...

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Sabienn
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4 months ago (edited)

I also didn't like milk, but I loved warm anise milk! So every night, I would get a cup of it until I was about 12 years old, and the supermarket stopped selling anise powder cubes...

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BasedWang
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4 months ago

I never understood this about kids. My ass loved steak and ribs

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BasedWang
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4 months ago

"gayngers" lol

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Jess Thompson
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4 months ago

“She ate it” 😂

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

Cute!

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Melo Dy
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4 months ago

Oh yes! My 3 year old hates pasta. He got that from me. I hated pasta as well when I was a child 🤷🏻‍♀️

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DDmaybeandor
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4 months ago

Directly after my 3 year old niece heard “eat these carrots, they’ll help you see better”, she turned right around and told her mom, “eat this jellybean, it’ll make you fly!”.

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

What ever works!!! Call it what you must.

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Hi, I'm Mars!
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4 months ago

Prunes are far more effective and safe to relieve constipation than laxatives. Tasty, too.

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Laugh or not
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4 months ago

What do those kids drink if not water ? That's litterally the only drink we need.

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Jess Thompson
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4 months ago

Fear tactic?

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not your average weirdo
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4 months ago

Ooh I loved balsamic dressing as a kid, still do!

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

All of my spoons made airplane noises except for the one that mad choo choo train sounds.

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Lovin' Life
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4 months ago

Why shouldn't you eat pickles?

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