Are your kids picky eaters?

Philippines
May 21, 2008 2:14pm CST
My kids are picky eaters. They don't usually eat vegetables which I think would give them the best vitamins and minerals they could ever get form processed foods. Sometimes I just give in to their wishes because they refuse to eat if I will force them for the food that they don't like to eat. Are your kids the same as mine? how did you manage their being picky eaters? hope you can give me ideas on this.
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@kezabelle (2985)
21 May 08
Yeh sometimes I think most children can be at some point or another. I make dinner if its a new meal I ask them to try it at least and I know them both well enough to know if they are being truthful on not liking it or just trying to get out of eating it. If its a meal I know they like and have eaten before it gets made dished up and put on the table they can choose to eat or not I dont force the issue they have fruit or yoghurt for pudding again they can eat or not and thats it until the next meal, if they are being picky a couple of days of going hungry soon cures it! I refuse to use food as a punishment or reward hence its their choice if they eat it or not as long as I know they like it then nothing else is offered I refuse to make 4 different meals every time!
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• Philippines
21 May 08
That is my problem because if they don't like the food they won't really eat it. They would be asking for food they like that costs much. they will not accept substitute, they want the real one. I don't want them to go hungry either. what did youdo with it?
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@kezabelle (2985)
21 May 08
If they refuse to eat it they go hungry! They wont ever starve a child will not do that they dont have the willpower seriously! If they beg for food inbetween meals I just say no food isnt an issue because I dont let it become one its up to me to dictate what foods they eat not them they are barely more than babies! Hence it gets offered and their choice if they eat or not and I have two very healthy happy little girls who are growing properly and are good healthy weights they also eat pretty much anything!
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
21 May 08
Some people are naturally picky eaters, but some are allowed to become that way! I agree with the first poster, don't make food an issue, either they eat it or they don't, but don't let them pressure you into making a special meal just for them as a regular habit. My three stepkids tried to convince me they didn't like what I cooked, so I gave them a choice to eat what they were served or to have a peanut butter sandwich. I wasn't going to cater to picky eaters but I wasn't going to force food on them either. They almost never chose the peanut butter! When it came down to making a choice, they weren't as picky as they thought! Don't make mealtime a hassle, and don't give in to their whims. Make sure they have healthy snacks to eat between meals, like fresh fruit, and whole grain products, cheese and dairy products. If they eat any vegetables at all, serve those particular ones as often as they will eat them! Most kids will eat carrot sticks and other cut-up vegetables if they have a yummy dressing to dip them in. Or grind the vegetables up and sneak them into foods they will eat! Soups are especially easy to do this with, and meatloaf.
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• Philippines
23 May 08
Oh!! I like your suggestions like grinding the fruits and vegetables? they might eat it if I will do it that way. But my problem is I have no time to do that because I am a working mother. When I get home it is too late in the evening and I am very tired already so I have to prepare the simplest food that I can do. This is anothe hassle of a working mother. Thanks fro sharing.. I like the thought.