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Myeisha Meeks tells PEOPLE that the videos she uploads to the social media site were “originally just a way to get Poppy to eat her lunch”



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A Texas woman is making waves on TikTok for finding a unique way to get a toddler in her care to eat her lunch: by filming it.

Myeisha Meeks tells PEOPLE that the videos she uploads to the social media site were “originally just a way to get Poppy to eat her lunch,” but millions of views later, they've “become something people really enjoy watching.”

In her TikToks, Meeks shares her daily “Lunch with Poppy” videos, where she is seen feeding Poppy while the little girl looks expectantly at her food and uses adjectives like “juicy” to describe her reservations about certain foods, or in some cases, simply saying “no” to things she doesn't want to try.

Over time, Poppy becomes more comfortable with foods she was initially apprehensive about, smiling as she takes bites of ravioli and salmon – all the while grinning at her reflection in the camera.

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Meeks, a 44-year-old single mother from Grand Prairie, Texas, began caring for Poppy, now two, when she was nine months old.

“Her grandparents attend the synagogue where I work,” says Meeks. “Her grandmother saw me with the children [in childcare] and asked if I would be interested in keeping Poppy to help her daughter.”

Meeks, who has never worked as a nanny before, adds: “I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. After meeting Poppy and her mother, I clicked straight away and knew I was in the right place.”

But caring for every child comes with challenges – especially feeding them.



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So Meeks – whom Poppy calls “Mye Mye” – started filming the little girl and quickly noticed that she loved watching herself eat.

“She hasn't been eating her lunch very well lately,” Meeks says in a video, “so the fact that she ate her lunch and took the last bite was a great achievement.”

In more recent videos, Poppy can be seen raising her fork to eat, with her mouth wide open (and filled with food) to show Meeks that she's enjoying it.



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“She loves watching herself,” says Meeks. “She was so excited when she saw her first video.”

And while she was encouraged that filming Poppy helped pass the lunch break, Meeks says she was shocked to see that the videos resonated with others, too.

“I was completely shocked when the video went viral. I never posted anything about it. I just shared my attempt to get Poppy to eat her lunch properly,” says Meeks, adding, “I get an overwhelming number of parents wanting me to nanny.”



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Although Meeks can't be there for every child at mealtime, she has one piece of advice for parents or caregivers who want to get their own children to eat: “Make it fun.”

“Be creative and stay there while they eat,” she advises. “Don't just put the plate in front of them and walk away.”

Meeks continues, “Dedicate this time to your child. Take a bite of his food too or eat with him. If he sees you eating, he is more likely to try his food.”

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