If your kid is a picky eater, it’s not the end of the world.
People make a big deal about it these days. I was a picky eater as a child (and young adult) and I’m still alive. Unfortunately, my son is even more picky than I was as a child. But why do people stress so much about it? It’s not like I feed him Oreos and bon bons all day. Honestly, it’s a lot of whole grains and fruits.
I’ve tried giving him veggies, lean meat and the food will just sit there because he refuses to even try it. Then it transitions itself into a tantrum because he’s hangry. For example, I’ve gone all day long not giving in, putting normal meals (well-balanced) in front of him and he won’t touch it.
Eggs? Never in his life. Chicken? Nope. Vegetable? Not unless you count a fried potato. Sadly, he’s never even had a cheeseburger.
In the perfect world, he’d have a balanced diet. But honestly, when I began introducing him to solids at 5 months (that’s when I start feeding my kids to avoid sleep regressions), he would gag and spit it out. Around 7 months when he finally started eating, even that was hit or miss. He never really grew out of that phase. There was a period of time where I fed him a like a bird. I would chew food in my mouth and give it to him. That was month 10-12, he would eat anything I gave him so I figured whatevs. But once his 1st birthday came around and he was able to self-feed, he went back to eating like a freakin’ gerbil.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the carb diet 24/7.
He eats junk, but it’s the healthier version of junk. Loves pasta, but I make whole wheat or veggie pasta. Loves quesadillas, but I only buy fresh corn tortillas. LOVES any kind of chip so I buy black bean or sweet potato chips. The thing is, it’s either that or he will starve himself. Thankfully, he loves fruit.
And please don’t suggest hiding veggies or things like that. I’ve tried it. He’s got a nose like a basset hound. My son sniffs most of his food- even the foods he likes. Probably because I’ve traumatized him into trying new foods.
But I get it, it’s annoying.
Before going to restaurants or really anywhere, I have to pack specific snacks for HIM or I have to make sure the menu has French fries. It doesn’t make my life easier, but I can’t blame the kid. I was an insanely picky eater as a kid. My two food groups were cereal or chicken fingers and fries. If you ask my mom, she’ll vouch for me. I can’t tell you how many times I willingly ate a big bowl of cereal for dinner because I didn’t like what my mom was making.
Took me twenty years, but I eventually grew out of it and became more adventurous. But here’s the thing, as annoying as it may be, it’s not the end of the world. It may be inconvenient and aggravating, but why fight it? Did that ever work when your parents tried to force something? If anything, it just makes you naturally fight it more. I’m sure one day he’ll eat like a human instead of a bird. Until that day comes, it is what it is.