Thursday, January 10, 2008

"I'm not eating that......


I am having cereal for dinner tonight!" This is what we hear from Christian EVERY night at dinner time. He defines a picky eater! Unless it is pizza night which we usually do one time every week or two you can bet that dinner is going to be a battle. At this point he is winning and I am frustrated. He had his six year check up in December and I explained my concerns to the pediatrician and she recommended that we introduce a new food to him every day for 14 days and he could decide at the end of two weeks if he liked it or not. She said she was not too concerend with it because his growth is normal. He agreed that he would give it a try. So the next day I gave him a baby carrot. He would not even pick it up to try it. I will admit it was hard in December to enforce this with the holidays so I decided in January we would really try to put in effect this new rule. So far we have been unsuccessful. If it isn't peanut butter and jelly, pizza, or chicken fingers he is NOT interested. Breakfast is usually okay because he will have oatmeal or cereal. Lunch is always peanut butter and jelly and a piece of fruit. For snacks he will eat yogurt, pudding, or crackers.

Ethan and Logan were picky eaters when they were around 3 years old but they grew out of it. For the most part they are open to trying new foods. In a way this is new area for me as I expected him to grow out of it like his brothers. Maybe I need to be more forceful and make him sit there until he eats it but he will literally sit there for an hour and never touch his dinner. He might try it but he already has it in his head that he doesn't like it so he never gives it a fair chance. I of course will not let him go to bed hungry so he usually ends up with a bowl of cereal. Yes I know that he is in control of this situation but I am hoping it is just a looong phase and he will grow out of it. That or he is going to have a really hard time finding a date who only wants cereal for dinner!

3 comments:

Leslie said...

Melinda, that's one of my biggest battles right now with Ella. The other battle is bedtime. They both go hand in hand, because she won't eat, only wants chicken fingers and ranch...ALWAYS, and then says she is hungry after put to bed. It's such a fight everyday, and I'm plain tired of it. I know what your going through. I just hope she will grow out of it, like your other two boys did. Wishful Thinking.

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Kimberly said...

I have that same battle with my middle son Dawson. He's very very picky about what he will or won't eat. He has his fav's and when it's not something he wants I usually cave and give him something else. I've really been trying hard lately to make him try more also and sit through and eat what I've put infront of him. Good luck with Christian, I hope he'll start liking some new foods!