The concept behind the Copy-Kids DVD is positive peer pressure. The video shows clips of young children eating and enjoying various fruits and vegetables, with the idea that this will encourage viewers to do the same. The yummy veggies and fruits featured include: Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Carrots, Avocado, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Oranges, Bananas, Raspberries, Strawberries, Apples & Blueberries. The video has won several awards (Dr. Toy, MACT) and I had read some really positive reviews of people saying the DVD had their kids eating vegetables, but I was leery. I mean it’s just a a DVD, right? How effective could that be?
Now, once upon a time I had two great eaters who would try anything, loved veggies and loved healthy snacks. But over the past few months Rainbow has been transforming into a picky eater. I think it must just go with the territory for being five years old. All of a sudden foods she liked last week are disgusting. She claims that anything spicy hurts her tongue and anything green makes her cringe. Dinner time has become annoying and dramatic. So you can see how, while it might seem too good to be true, the concept behind Copy-Kids definitely appealed to me.
We had the chance to check out a review copy and I have to say, it worked. It worked really well. In a kind of you just hypnotized my kids twilight zone sort of way. We sat down and watched the video — just part of the video, just once — and my kids were demanding to be feed bell peppers. I had a riot on my hands. My five year old was insisting not only that I give her bell peppers, but that I give them to her whole not cut up, so she could eat them just like the kid in the video. While the two year old was jumping up and down chanting “Eat peppers, eat peppers.” So we went upstairs and we ate peppers. I watched in astonishment as my girls quickly devoured a pepper and a half each.
Later we watched the section on avocados and my five year old begged me to turn it off, based on the fact that there were no avocados in the house. She told me, “I don’t like watching this because it makes me hungry and makes me want to eat these things, and we don’t have all of them in our house right now. So you really shouldn’t show this to us unless we can eat. And eat right here, right now.” (a.k.a. in front of the TV, a big no-no in our house).
I actually found it a bit frightening how much of an impact this DVD had on my kids. It made me feel a little paranoid. It made me consider never letting my daughters watch children’s programming, ever again. Because if one 5 minute segment on sweet peppers can sway them that much, than what the heck are regular kids shows pushing into their brains? Wait, on second thought… Maybe I need to approach the Copy-Kids producers and convince them to make a DVD about being nice to your sister and cleaning up your bedroom?
Overall I would say you have got to see this to believe it! This award winning DVD is a fantastic tool to add to your parenting arsenal, and should have even the pickiest eaters willing to give some healthy fruits and vegetables a try. I just recommend not putting the video on unless you have the various fruit and veggies on hand! The DVD is available for sale directly via the Copy-Kids website. It costs $19.95 and that price includes free shipping.
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of the Copy Kids DVD. As always my words and opinions are my own.