His comment got me thinking about what I've taught my kids about eating that lead to this very day and this very statement.
I should explain that tonight when he had dinner he chose some peas and cucumber as his green veggies. When he went back for seconds (mainly of the oven baked fish and chips but we explained about plate balance so he chose some veggies too), my partner suggested broccoli. And that's where the story begins...
Firstly, we have a popular saying "try it, you might like it" or "be courageous". You have to give everything a go; multiple times , in many different shapes and forms. In fact, when it comes to healthy foods you should never give up trying. It is the kids responsibility how much they want to eat (a tiny bit or lots) but they are encouraged to try.
Secondly, we are not allowed to be rude about food, especially vegetables. Everyone likes different things and that's ok. People have different favourite colours, some people like blue and some people like red. But we are not rude about red or blue or mean to people who like those colours. It is the same with food. If my children, try something and choose not to continue eating it, all they need to say is "no, thank you". They can also choose to say nothing and leave the food on their plate.
If they like it, they can ohhhh and ahhh loudly and say to everyone at the table how delicious the food it. Never hurts to have some healthy marketing at the table. I'm often saying "mmm...these peas are so sweet today" or "I just love corn". I often find my kids putting a positive spin on certain foods.
So after trying the broccoli and realising it was not his favourite, he announced to everyone that "broccoli is my worst favourite vegetable". But he ate the whole floret.