My son is very fussy about what he will and won’t eat. I don’t understand why he is like this. As a baby and toddler, he ate really well.
Faddy eating is like so many parenting issues. One minute everything is marvellous and then you find yourself in the middle of a challenge with no real idea of when it actually started.
He does not like meat much and once told school he was a sausage-eating vegetarian. He hates most fish. He likes most fruit and vegetables which I guess is the one positive in it all. He likes cheese but not eggs. Things would be fine if he did not change what he does and does not like on a regular basis. He treats food that he does not like as if it is the work of Satan and tries to persuade his siblings not to eat it. Fortunately, as they have got older, they have learned to ignore him.
Recently, we devised a menu plan of sorts incorporating all his fave foods that are also healthy. However, I have decided to try to introduce him to something new every week to try and widen his diet a bit.
This week’s experiment was turkey dinosaurs following feedback that so long as food is in a shape, kids will eat it.
Son – “What are we having for tea, Mum?”
Me – “Turkey”
Son – “I hate turkey”
How anyone can hate anything as bland as turkey I have no idea. However, I decided I would play a trick on him. I am not a Mum who does these things. I have always had a policy of telling children the truth even if it is an unpalatable (excuse the pun!)
So I cooked and presented the turkey dinosaurs with smiley potatoes and vegetables.
Son – “What are these dinosaurs made out of?”
Me – “Potato”
Son – “They taste meaty”
Me – “Well sometimes potatoes do taste meaty. Mushrooms are like that too.”
Son – “I suppose so”
One clear plate later, the result was one happy Mummy and one conned but fed child.
Here’s to feeding children dinosaurs (awaiting the parenting police to come and hit me with a big carrot stick!)
Do you have a fussy eater in your family? How do you cope?