Dec 11, 2014

Hope for Picky Eaters

If you're parenting a child who is a picky eater, I feel your pain. There is nothing worse than having a child who won't eat what the rest of the family eats. In our family, it's Isabella who is beyond picky.

Once upon a time the child ate everything but chicken. Then slowly but surely between the ages of 2 and 3 she dropped almost every food she once devoured. Meal wise nothing changed except now we had a stubborn child at our table who no longer liked red sauce on pasta or broccoli.

Frustrating doesn't even being to describe the food journey we've been on with this kid.

I am a busy mama, and I am NOT about to become a short order cook. The rule in our house is
1. you have to try one bite
2. there is no more food. You can choose to eat or choose to be hungry, either was it's your choice.

I always made sure there was something on the table that Isabella would eat, even if that was just salad.

Around her sixth birthday we started to see some vegetables go down her throat again without fuss. We make a huge deal out of every food she decides to like again. But meat is a battle of wills in this house and so far, Isabella is winning. Of course she eats sausage and bacon but anything else is yucky.

Meat is bad but cranberry sauce on chips is delicious. I don't get it. 

Last night my picky eater ate not one. not two, but three meatballs for dinner!  It's a Christmas miracle!

No I don't have a have a picture of this success, I was afraid she would realize that she was eating meat and stop. After dinner she asked to have meatballs for lunch.

I'm scoring this parenting moment the win of the year!

So maybe there is hope for our picky eaters, we just can't give up on them!


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