posted on Aug, 13 2014 @ 07:42 PM
originally posted by: ketsuko
It's hard to get some kids to eat healthy. Our kiddo still prefers hot dogs and mac and cheese, but we're steadily winning. He now asks for fish
some nights and he's starting to eat raw veggies like spinach and carrots and he's always like edamame. But for a while ... it was pretty
frustrating because all we could get down him was mac and cheese and hot dogs.
At least he's nearly four and hasn't touched soda.
I can empathize with this, most definitely! My daughter loves fruits and vegetables, and prefers them over anything else. She is also adventurous
in her eating and is willing to try anything at least once. BUT...My son, on the other hand, is extremely picky. That's why I always think it is
funny when parents are too quick to pat themselves on their backs when a kids is a healthy eater. I swear, some kids come "pre-programmed" to be
more inclined for healthy eating and others come earthside extremely picky and stubborn. Our kids, raised the same way and served the same meals,
have very different attitudes towards food.
When we find a whole/unprocessed fruit or veggie that our son will eat - we celebrate... and then feed it to him almost every other meal. LOL! But
we have had nights where our son literally doesn't eat dinner because he doesn't like what I'm serving. It is tempting to go ahead and just whip
up something I know he'll eat (like chicken nuggets) but I haven't given in yet. He goes to bed without dinner sometimes (it is rare, but it
happens). Plenty of healthful food are presented to him at mealtime, he just refuses.
Oh, the drama. The good thing is, in the morning he is
pretty hungry so I can at that point I can usually get some nice fresh fruits in him.
Dinnertime battles are tough with a really picky
eater. He is 6 now and slowly expanding his tastes. Anyway. I say all of this just to commiserate.
It sounds like you guys are doing great if your kiddo is eating raw veggies. You ARE winning!
I bet that with time he will continue to find
more and more healthy foods that he likes. Nothing wrong with occasional mac and cheese - it sounds like it is all in moderation.
I wish all parents would be as mindful as you evidently are... so many just cave in and give the kid whatever he or she wants. It's certainly
"easier" than having dinnertime be a battleground. I wish more parents would see that is is a fight very much worth fighting - and with a lot of
patience and understanding can even be a very positive on so many levels.