You can read my review with pictures HERE, proof that this concept works.
And one quick comment before I start the interview...just this past weekend at a baby shower hosted at my house, I overheard a guest talking to another guest about how my kids bypassed the chips and m&ms and were eating cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli....so thank you Copy-Kids!
So lets get in with the interview shall we? Meet Cai Dixon, Producer of Copy-Kids.
1) So, tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Cai. I have a 4-year-old daughter named Bella... She's featured in the Copy-Kids trailer, if you want to meet her: http://vimeo.com/24151268
Before Bella, I helped raise my niece, Jessica, from the ages of 5 - 14. Jessica is graduating from college next month! (So proud.) When Jess came to live with me (at the age of 5) she already had an aversion to fruits and vegetables... one that has lasted into her young adult life. That's why I know how important it is for children to form healthy food attachments when they are very young.
With Bella, I wanted to make sure that she started eating healthy from the start. So we have always offered plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. We spend time at Farmer's markets. She has books & toys related to fruits and veggies. But the one thing that I noticed is more powerful than anything else is peer influence.
Bella is more willing to try new fruits and vegetables if she sees another child eating them.
Observation led to my discovering the power of peer influence.
A trip to the Farmer's Market with Amelia, who eats cucumber, caused Bella to devour an entire cucumber.
A playdate with Esme, who loves raspberries, taught Bella to enjoy eating raspberries.
Eating bananas at RIE with her friends at snack time made Bella a banana devotee.
Organic strawberries served at Waldorf snack time, made her a great fan of strawberries.
Bella liked to copy.
I wondered if the experience had to be live, or if a video of children eating fruits and vegetables would also work? So I made a little test video... And it worked! Bella wanted to eat what she saw the child in the video eating!
That’s when light bulb went off. I knew I wasn't the only parent with healthy eating goals for my child -- I thought if I could find a way to create a high-quality video of children eating healthy foods and share it with others, it could be a revolutionary tool in the quest to get children eating healthy from the start.
I thought, what's the worst that could happen? If the video didn't work well for others... at least Bella would learn to eat healthier in the process of filming it. Which she did, of course... she learned to eat broccoli, bell pepper, tomatoes & avocado from watching Copy-Kids.
I was very happy to discover that this program's power is not just limited to my own child and her desire to copy. It works for most kids who watch the video. You know this, Amy, from trying it with your own children. Other reviewers have also been pleased with the results. You can go to our press page: http://copy-kids.com/press/ or our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CopyKidsto read other success stories.
3) Are there any additional videos planned for the future?
We are currently filming Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables 2 & Copy-Kids Brush Their Teeth. We have plans for other titles as well -- all harnessing the natural inclination of children wanting to copy other children!
4)This sounds perfect for me, where I can I get a copy of Copy-Kids Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables?
It's available now through our website: http://copy-kids.com/buy-dvd/ We have a growing list of retailers who are also featured on our buy page, if you would prefer to support a local shop!
5) Is there anything else you want to tell my readers?
There is a hidden benefit of getting your kids to eat healthier. It causes you to eat healthier too! I cannot prepare a plate of strawberries for my child without nibbling a few myself. I also find my choices at the grocery store have changed -- I start in the produce section, because it has become the most important to my family & Bella loves to help pick out her own fruits and vegetables.
And guess what??? Copy-Kids has graciously offered to do another giveaway of their Eat Fruits and Vegetables just for The BOAT readers with a $30.00 gift card to Whole Foods so you can get all your fruits and veggies for the DVD screening! This giveaway will take place during the Summer Splash Giveaway Blog Hop May 14-May27!!