This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their new V8 Splash® flavors.
There’s no time like the summertime for getting your kids to try new things. Why? Because the summertime represents fun, adventure, and excitement. And although my kids are pretty outgoing, there are times that I have to beg and plead (and sometimes bribe) them to try new things. And over the past 21 years of parenting, I’ve really perfected my methods of getting them to try things. Here are 6 kid-tested, mom-approved ways to get your kids to try something new this summer:
- Technique #1 – Start when they’re young. For the most part, I’ve found that younger kids will try pretty much anything you bring their way.
- Technique #2 – Chill out and don’t make it a big deal. Kids have “spidey senses.” If you have anxiety about introducing something new to the kids, they will sense it and then they will have anxiety too.
- Technique #3 – Make it fun. Allow your kids to join in on the fun of planning the activity or the new menu. For the most part, they will gladly try anything that they have a hand in planning.
- Technique #4 – Sneak it in. So I am not exactly saying lie to your kids. But, there will be times that you will have something that you know your kids will like, or that you know is good for them, but they will refuse to try it. So for those instances, you have to use “whatever means necessary” to get them to try it. Most of the time, if you know your kids, then they will thank you for it afterwards.
- Technique #5 – Lay down the law. Let’s not forget that we are the parents. So sometimes you have to say: “You have to try this because Mommy/Daddy said so…”
- Technique #6 – Give your kids credit. Sometimes, as parents, we are the biggest hindrance to our kids when it comes to them being adventurous and trying new things. We worry, we second guess, and we make assumptions. But what we really need to do is chill-out and let our kids live life to the fullest.
Let me give you a perfect example of how I’ve been using my techniques recently. This summer, the kids and I have been trying the New V8 Splash® flavors as I have been asked to help spread the word about them. So, I had the V8 Splash® Lemonade, the V8 Splash® Strawberry Lemonade and the V8 Splash® Carrot Orange Flavors sitting on my desk so that I could take some pictures of the bottles, before we tried them. Just as I suspected, my kids tore through the V8 Splash® Lemonade flavors in no time. In fact, I had to keep buying bottles so that I could finally get a good photo of them for my articles.
But for some reason, I set the Carrot Orange to the side. I saved it for last because I thought my kids would see the word carrot and the pictures of carrots and say they would not want to try it. I was going to use technique #4 on them – sneak it in. But in reality, Technique #2 and Technique #6 worked just fine.
Yesterday, my youngest daughter came into my office and picked up the bottle of V8 Splash® Carrot Orange. She read the label and then she said: “So when can I drink this?” I said: “soon.” But since, I did not give her a timeframe, she commenced to circle my desk like a vulture all day until I finally let her open it. She loved it, we all did. It’s actually our favorite flavor (which is saying a lot since we love lemonade so much at this house.)
If you are looking for a bold new flavor twist to match the excitement of the summer, then don’t forget to try the new V8 Splash® Carrot Orange.
BMWK – what exciting new things will your kids be trying this summer? Please share with us your techniques for getting your kids to try new things.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their 3 new V8 Splash® flavors: Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Carrot Orange. The new V8 Splash® flavors use great-tasting ingredients and are available at retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.v8juice.com All opinions and stories are my own.