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Picky Eaters ~ Phase or a Lifetime?

December 4, 2008

The Big One is a picky eater. She eats some form of chicken for lunch and dinner every day…. Yes every day. I am not exaggerating. If we have pizza for dinner, she will eat that, but that’s maybe once per month.

She does okay with breakfast type foods. She will eat cereal, yogurt, toast, pancakes, waffles and occasionally a biscuit.

When she was little we used to mix scrambled eggs into her yogurt (gross, I know but she needed some protein). She would also eat most flavors of yogurt when she was little. It had to be the Kroger brand. Thankfully once we moved back to the west coast, we discovered that Food For Less carries the Kroger brand, so we were still okay with getting her to eat.

But then sometime after the Little One was born, the Big One switched to eating only the Yolpait  Orange Crème flavor. It’s fine, we buy it in bulk at the commissary, so I can deal with that.

My concern is this, will she live on chicken dinos, stars, finger, nuggets, racecars, whales and dolphins? {Y’all didn’t know that chicken came in so many shapes did you} Or at some point will she learn that hamburgers, pasta, macaroni and cheese, hotdogs, sandwiches and tacos taste great?

Will it be once she gets to school and sees her friends eating other things? Or when I pack her lunch and there is no chicken in sight? Or will she be in college and still ordering from the Kids’ Menu?

Anyone dealt with a super-duper-major-way-picky eater? Will it ever end?

Yes, I know I am the parent and I decide what she eats, supposedly. I’ve had two different pediatricians tell me it’s not worth the fight. They feel that it will resolve itself. Since she isn’t eating cookies and ice cream every day they told me not to worry. But of course I do want her to eat something else.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    December 4, 2008 10:08 am

    LOL! You really do need to talk to my sister! She REALLY DID order off the kids menu all the way through college! 🙂

  2. Laura permalink
    December 4, 2008 12:52 pm

    OK, so yes, I did order off the kids menu AND to this day, sometimes still do, since the portions are so much more reasonable. Have you seen how much food we adults are supposed to consume at a meal? No wonder we’re all fat!

    As to whether its a phase or a lifetime thing…. She’ll start eating veggies willingly when she’s living in the dorms at college and all of her friends do, and they have a salad bar always available. And then, if she marries a man who can cook brussel sprouts and make them taste good, that will help too.

    I went through a period where mac’n’cheese and sausage were the only things I would eat, and I turned out just fine, and willingly eat a variety of foods now, so there! 🙂

  3. Heather permalink
    December 5, 2008 11:49 am

    I was just thinking about the yogurt hide-n-seek you had to play! HaHa! The good old days!
    Some phases I think we as parents let last too long because it is just easier than doing a battle of wills. To this day Billy will not eat anything resembling a green bean. Zac turns his nose up at dinner every night, and Lauren wants me to feed her. Some things I tried, that to some degree worked: let her grow an edible garden that she gets to harvest, give her some $ and let her buy dinner at the store, and she is allowed to not like three foods that you promise to never put on her plate-everything else she has to at least try, and my kids all time favorite buy a new fruit each time you go big grocery shopping.(she gets to taste some weird stuff but learns she won’t die if it is gross). Good luck!

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