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The fact that he will at least eat a lettuce salad is, I think, fantastic!

It wasn't until I was pretty much out of college that salads started to look good to me. My Mom always served a little salad of iceberg lettuce and chipped carrot, but it never tasted like anything unless I drowned it in dressing.

It's a good idea to try and get him involved with preparing his meals, but also keep in mind this is a 10-yr old boy with a 10 yr old's interests (baseball, horsing around). I know I never had any patience for preparing food with Mom. I wouldn't expect him to.

And oh yeah, we 2 kids were exempted from the "taste it" rule when it came to liver.

A lot of times it's an ordeal to just get kids to eat something, and that's not even getting into whether it's the kind of food you want him to have. I think it's great you're not forcing him to go veggie. If he wants to when he's older, he will. I remember it wasnt' until I was 23 that I'd eat broccoli. And the dish that made me a believer is one of those made with all raw broccoli, raisins, nuts, red onion and bound with some mayo. I couldn't stop eating the stuff. Yum.

My point is, my palatte didn't even really develop until I was well into my 20's. I love to cook now, and I'll even cook food for other people that I wouldn't eat myself (seafood, for example). The kid probably needs time to make his decision. As long as you explain why Mom and Dad eat they way they do, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't totally reject the idea as he ages.

Of course, he's 10. 10-year-olds do a LOT of rejecting.

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