Being a parent comes with many moments of happiness and ones of frustration. One of the more frustrating moments is when your young child refuses to eat the meal you cooked for them, either because they truly don’t like it or because they’re just too picky to try it.

Now parents are trying a new trick to get their pickiest of children to eat the food that’s in front of them.

As a viral video demonstrated, here’s how the trick works. After attempting to feed your child a bite of food and they refuse, the parent then takes one of their stuffed animals and tries to feed the bite of food to it.

After pretending the stuffed animal doesn’t want the food either, the parent then starts hitting the stuffed animal aggressively.

Finally, after the child sees the consequences of not eating the food provided to them, the child — albeit reluctantly — eats the food. The video shared by the family who demonstrated the trick received over 52 million views and over one million shares:

I had to try this…. ?‍♀️?‍♀️OMG IM DEADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD???????????????

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The young boy’s reaction had his parents laughing, but it had others questioning what the trick does to the child mentally.

Over 210,000 people commented on the video, some calling the trick harmful:

And where is this funny!? That’s not a good thing to do!! to make a child eat by learning him that he will be hit, by his own mother if he dont eat….! Shame on you all, that are laughing and think this is funny!

What kind of scumbag does that?

Ya..that’s not funny

How can you teach your child that if it doesn’t want a bit of food that it’s going to be beaten? It’s not even remotely funny abuse is not something to joke around with children about. What kind of parenting is that

Bit drastic.poor kid

That’s awful.

Emotional abuse of a child and ur all laughing????? Sick.

It’s unclear if the trick produces longterm results. However, as Parents reports, here are a few other ways to your picky child to start eating:

The “polite one bite” rule:

“The goal is not to get them to eat the broccoli today but to help them actually like the broccoli long-term,” mom, Susan Miller, said. “I made sure there was at least one thing on their plates I knew they’d eat, but they had to taste the other foods, too. If they didn’t like what they tried, fine, but what eventually happened is that, having been exposed to a wide variety of flavors, my sons now eat almost everything.”

My picky kid just doesn’t like it:

Fix it another way. “Stack the odds in your favor by preparing foods in ways that may be ‘easier’ to eat: Roasting vegetables, for example, brings out their natural sweetness. ‘And sour counteracts bitter,’ says Katie Webster, a recipe developer and mom of two in Richmond, VT. ‘So I add lemon juice and zest to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini and green beans.'”

How do you get your picky child to enjoy the dinner you made for them?

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