Week 5: Encourage Your Kid To Eat The Sardine


Okay…seriously.  I could be FAR OFF.  Perhaps your kid already LOVES the sardines.

Mine, however, do not.

Yet, we live in a culture that pretty much does.  At least herring.

Or some sort of canned and oiled fish.


So, my husband and daughter went to snowboard.  And, for lunch, her daddy bought crackers, cheese, and sardines.

The video shows daddy opening the can, preparing the cheese, and eating the sardine.

Next up, Sweet Adelyne…

It’s her turn to take a bite.  For the camera.

And that’s when it happens.

The refusal.  To eat the sardine.

“You don’t blame her,” perhaps you are thinking.

“Why is it taking so long,” the rest wonder.

Whether you are pro or anti sardine, Adelyne simply did not care.  Nor did she care for the sardine.

But she did still take a risk…

And lick the sardine.


I am rather sure whether you love or hate sardines, there is probably not a single soul out there that thinks licking an oiled and canned fish must taste divine.

Adelyne came to a quick conclusion that licking the sardine was probably even worse than eating the sardine.

I am giggling still…

Anyhow, the video ended with an “Au Revoir,”  Adelyne out!

I still don’t know if she went back and actually ATE a sardine or stuck with crackers and cheese for lunch…

But the moral of this sardine licking story is this…

Encourage your kids to go out of their comfort zones and try something new.

It won’t kill them.  It may not make them stronger (like our mommas used to tell us)…but it will definitely not kill them.

So, the next time they are out and about—encourage their comfort zones to be stretched!

If anything, they can get a good story out of it.

And a good story brings sunshine to any day.

“Sunshine is sweet; it is good to see the light of day.  People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live…”  Ecclesiastes 11:7-8a

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