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07th Mar 2020

The hilarious ‘mum hack’ that might actually get your kids to eat their veggies

Trine Jensen-Burke

picky eaters

Who doesn’t love stickers?

If you have got a picky eater on your hands, mama, you are going to love this.

Mum-of-one Jane Stine had recently moved back to the US from abroad and was out and about with her three-year-old when they recently had to stop by their local supermarket. In the store, Stine noticed so many random items with children’s cartoon branding on them.

Speaking to, she explains:

“A few weeks ago we bought a pineapple, and the pineapple has a tag that says ‘Frozen 2.’ I was like, ‘These two things couldn’t have anything less to do with each other! What is happening?!” she told TODAY Parents. “So I just decided if they’re going to stick ‘Frozen 2’ on a pineapple, I can stick whatever I want on the stuff we’re going to buy.”

And so she did.

Sharing her novel idea to Facebook, the Massachusetts-based mum explains:

“Here’s my best parenting hack. You know how kids always want Paw Patrol yoghurt or Disney waffles or whatever? Bring your own stickers to the grocery store and start sticking. Today we’re having Winnie the Pooh brand spaghetti squash. It goes perfectly with Toy Story broccoli.”

Stine started bringing her own stickers to the store with her son’s most favourite characters on them — from ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Paw Patrol’ and the like.

“He likes ‘Frozen,’ like every other child on earth, apparently,” she joked, which explains the earlier pineapple purchase.

I don’t know about you, but if this doesn’t sound like the most genius idea to get your kids to actually want to buy some healthy stuff. well, then I don’t know what it.

Stine explains she had great success at making her trips to the store more fun, but the internet being the internet, admits she had also gotten some negative comments from other parents, with some telling her: “Well, I’m so glad my kid doesn’t need this…”

What did she reply?

“They don’t need it,” Stine explained. “It’s just a fun thing to do. They’re only little kids for a short amount of time, and if you do something, a regular chore, and can make it a little more fun and it basically costs nothing, why not?”