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Mark used to eat pretty much anything, including odd choices for children - lentils, olives, feta cheese, all the veggies and refused mac & cheese & chicken nuggets that are typically loved by most children. Now he will still eat his lentils & pb&j sandwiches, but other then that he just doesn't eat especially at dinner. I keep offering him all the foods over & over that we're eating (and that he's eaten before & liked) but it's "no, no & no". What can I do?
Tips, suggestions please. I know I can't forcefeed him . . . and he is growing (always has been on the small side of the scales). I also would like to hopefully get this handled before MIL comes back from Greece (late October). I love her dearly, but she drives me crazy with insisting he needs to eat more all.the.time.
Oy, could I tell you tales about strange food combinations! My sister went through the only eating white bread and drinking orange juice phase, the only eating white bread with cheese which had to be melted in the microwave because toast was yucky phase and the eating only cheerios and drinking only chocolate milk phase. She grew out of it and the doctor never said anything to Mom about her lack of variety. She is over 30 now and pretty much a healthy adult.
Katie is refusing to eat cheese right now and wants Catsup with everything (even noodles. . . um. . ugh!) so you are not alone.
Hope he adds more variety to his diet before your MIL returns from Greece.
Oh Becky it's just one of those painful things! I thought Layla was a great eater too! She ate salad wraps with yoghurt on them (as long as I was eating them too), was much keener to try her veges than the boys were. But now... even a simple plate of pasta with cheese sauce and tuna... she won't even try it and will just say 'I don't like it' to most things. I think you're doing all that you can by still offering him the food. I think I made a mistake with the boys of thinking well I'm not going to cook it if they won't eat it because it's a waste, but my friends who have always kept offering the veges, even if they don't get eaten, do seem to end up with kids who a few years down the track, do eat more veges than mine!
Oliver (nearly 7) has started to try veges again though so there is hope! But it would be hard to have someone tell you he needs to eat more. Kids are stubborn though so good luck and hopefully it's just a phase...!! KUP!
I've been told that the only thing preschoolers and toddlers can control in their lives is what goes into their bodies and what comes out-thus PTing and meals being so difficult. I'd make sure to drop snacks then he should be good and hungry for the three bigger meals. That being said, there are still foods my kids won't eat-not the hill I'm willing to die on right now