Mom Shares Creative Way She Encourages Fussy Children to Try Different Foods

If you are parent to a fussy child, mealtimes can be very frustrating.

After spending your evening cooking up food, having them turn their nose up at it is the last thing you want.

Aside from wasted funds and effort, you also want to make sure that your little ones are eating a balanced diet, but this can often be battle.

But it doesn't actually have to be. Instead of begging, pleading or demanding, you could gamify meal times. This will turn them from a chore to a fun challenge, as a woman on TikTok has shown.

Shannon Doherty, a mother of four known on the video-sharing app as @athomewithshannon, posted her creative hack for helping fussy kids eat on May 15, with the caption: "*SPIN GAME PLATE* Best MOM FIND for PICKY EATERS!

She continued: "Tips and Tricks from Mom of 4! #momhack #parentinghacks #amazonfinds #learnontiktok."

But how does one go about this?

Well, the video begins with Doherty standing in her kitchen, wearing a tie-dye sweatshirt and a pearl-covered headband.

She then holds a spinning plate aloft, which has a dial in the middle and different colored sections with cartoon animals holding foods printed on it.

The plate costs $20 on Amazon.

@athomewithshannon

*SPIN GAME PLATE* Best MOM FIND 💡 for PICKY EATERS! Tips and Tricks from Mom of 4! #momhack #parentinghacks #amazonfinds #learnontiktok

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She then asks viewers: "Do you have picky eaters in your house?"

The clip then cuts to the plate filled with various foods, including vegetables, proteins and fruits.

The overlaid text then reads: "Trying different food groups can be fun! Fill each section with different foods to try... see what it lands on to try next..."

Her young daughter, who has a large pink bow in her hair, then spins the dial looking excited and picks up the bread it lands on.

The footage has been viewed more than 245,400 times and garnered over 21,600 likes at time of writing.

Many took to the comments section to share their appreciation for the idea.

One TikTok user, Bruna & Natalie, wrote: "I love it, definitely will try! Thanks."

Another, Coraline, added: "You're so cool I want you to be my mom."

An account under the name of Hi typed: "This seems amazing!"

And Charlie commented: "I'm totally getting it."

However, this is not the only brilliant hack that Doherty has shared. Her account, which has over 23.6 million likes, is crammed full of with tips and tricks on parenting and home life.

She recently showcased a method for organizing kitchen cupboards using only a baking sheet, as well as a way for ensuring you pick the perfect avocado every time.

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A stock image of a child recoiling at a plate of vegetables. On TikTok, a mom has shared her genius method for encouraging fussy children to try foods. Getty Images