I don't know where it came from but out of the blue, my not quite 6 year old son decided that he wanted broccoli. He's never been a fan of veggies and when I was young, I *hated* veggies so I didn't push them too hard. I am a supertaster and could not stand the taste. Some people do get less sensitive over time, and I now love many vegetables but because of my experience, I knew I would never force him to eat them. He eats a lot of fruit and a couple of his doctors have said that it's not all the same nutrients but it's not that big a deal, so I haven't worried about. I just regularly offer veggies, and model eating them all the time.
And somehow, it all fell into place. A couple of days ago, he said something about wanting to try broccoli. I was skeptical but said sure. Then yesterday morning, he mentioned it again so I said that I would cook some for supper. I did and he could not stop eating it! He was so disappointed when it was all gone because of course I ate some too. I told him I would make more tonight. He then asked that the next time I pack him a sack lunch (a special treat for field trips, normally he buys school lunch), could I put broccoli in!!
I put a lot of time and effort and worry into trying to model and help develop good habits for him around food and it was so great for me to feel like I must be doing at least some of it right!
for anyone curious about supertasters