Try things three times

As we were driving home from school today we were chatting about trying things.  Specifically, in this instance, trying different foods.

Every day at school the children have a snack, and I will always ask them what it was and if they ate it.  Nerys told me today that she didn’t want the cucumber that was offered to her, but she did eat the apple.  Then she told me that one day last week, she tried some pear, but she didn’t like it.

And I told her that was fine.  No one likes every single food.  But the important thing was that she tried it.  And that maybe one day she can try it again, because she might find she likes it then.

She wasn’t convinced by that!

But I think it’s a good approach to life in general.  We should try things before we make up our minds about them.  And we should possibly try them more than once, because our tastes and opinions can change over time.

This week’s quote fits this thinking perfectly for me:

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not”

Try a thing you haven't done three times quote

I’m sure there have been occasions in my own life where I’ve not taken this advice, in fact I’m sure if my parents read this they’ll be laughing at how things have changed.  I’m pretty sure I took a lot of convincing to try new foods when I was younger!

But I think it’s something I’ll really be keeping in mind in the future; for new foods and for everything else new in life.

I just know that sometimes it can take a long time for me to try things for a second, or third time!  When I first started writing this blog I looked into using WordPress, and it overwhelmed me so much I went and used Weebly instead.  It was months and months before I decided to give WordPress another try and moved my blog over!  I’m so glad I did though.

Maybe going forward I’ll try not to leave it quite so long next time, between trying something for the first time and the second (and third) time!

Cuddle Fairy


  1. Alana - Burnished Chaos 13/03/2017 / 10:29 pm

    Great advice, my son is really great at trying new foods and as long as he tries it I never make him eat it if he doesn’t like it. But he will try it again a while later in case his tastebuds have changed and there have been a number of foods that he has developed a new liking for. Like you say, it’s a lesson that can be applied to all areas of our lives x

  2. Becky, Cuddle Fairy 16/03/2017 / 10:57 am

    I’m going to tell my 7 year old this quote! He’s anti trying any new foods… and has in his head he won’t’ like so when he tries it he automatically dislikes it. Thank you for sharing your quote with us at #candidcuddles xx

  3. Mummy and the Mexicans 20/03/2017 / 5:46 pm

    I wish I could convince my three-year-0ld of this! I keep trying, though, and her tastes keep changing from day to day! I love to try new foods, but am more cowardly when it comes to other things so I should take this advice on board too and dare to do more. #CandidCuddles

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