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I didn’t think I would be saying the phrase, “my child has become a picky eater” this soon. What the hell happened? He was so enthralled with food once my wife and I moved him onto solids when he turned six months old. He would be willing to try EVERYTHING we shoved in front of him. Okay, he didn’t like all food but did at least try them.
These days? I feel like one day, my wife will come home and find me turned to stone while I waited for my son to finish eating. Something like this:
(On the bright side, at least I would FINALLY have that rock-hard physique.)
There are only two times during any given day when my child doesn’t provide much resistance (if at all) when it comes to eating:
(1.) Breakfast, probably because he’s half-asleep and doesn’t realize he could be a pain in my ass.
I honestly thought I would have some time to prepare for the daily struggle of fussiness. So my strategies to alleviate this problem have been trial and error. Some may work for a while others may have to be changed by the next meal. For example:
*Mix The Good With The “Bad”:
There are certain foods my son could eat endlessly (peas, carrots, and potatoes are a few). Then, there are the times he gives me the “what the hell is this shit?” look. So, I figure why not mix the good with the “bad?” You don’t like those lentils and rice? How about with some peas?
*Try To Eat At Least Half:
My little pain-in-the-ass may not like a lot of things right now, but nutrition is still important. My wife and I try to get him to eat at least half of his meal. At times, it takes a lot of trickery to get that half of food ingested.
*Have A Back-Up:
And if all else fails, we always have a back-up meal. Hey, at the end of the day he’s still a child who doesn’t fully understand that he’s being a jerk. So, we try not to stoop to his level.
-So those are just some of the ideas we have tried with our son. Any other parents out there who may have tried these methods? Do you have any of your own you want to share? Or have you said, “Fuck it, I give up?” Please feel free to comment below!