Are all boys less picky eaters then girls?!

@Sissygrl (10915)
Canada
September 25, 2009 6:50am CST
As some of you must know by now (i've mentioned it a lot) I babysit through the week. Well I've always happened to had all girls until now, I've been watching this little boy for the last 3 weeks. My daughter and my friends daughter are both three.. I watch my friends daughter 3 days a week, and boy.. (although my daughter is STARTING to come around, and i've been able to bribe her to TRY the veggies she says she doesn't like and she's realizing she DOES like them!!) They are both very picky. and my friends daughter is VERY slow. And they do not eat a lot in one sitting, but like to eat small portions of different things throughout the day. Now nothing wrong with that as long as they are eating, i dont care when/how they eat it!! This little boy is just 2 years old.. and he out eats them BOTH COMBINED! i love it!! i dont have to worry about him never eating what i give him, he always always always asks for more!! (no he's not obese, or even a big kid at that!) He is a skinny short little guy, not sure WHERE he puts all the food, but he sure does like to eat! Do all little boys eat so well ?? I am hoping with the two picky girls its an age thing where my daughter is starting to eat more and try new things.. But now my second daughter is starting to pull the same stuff my first did. NO! NO LIKE DAT! Did you have eating problems with your kids ?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Sep 09
My brothers hated some vegetables and one hated all vegetables except corn, peas, and potatoes. I went through a period of time when I hated milk and later on, I hated beef. But I'm female and I eat most things. None of us kids would eat pea soup or cooked spinach. My husband hates pea soup and cooked spinach as well as me.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
i have never tried peasoup with the kids, but i dont mind it once in a while.. spinach cooked by itself is not very good no.. unless its fresh out of someone garden.. i buy the frozen cubed spinach and i chip it up finely while its frozen(easier that way) and i shove it into sauces and stuff so the kids dont know they are eating it. lol. cauliflower is good to mash and put in rice, its the same colour.. hehe sneaky i am.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Sep 09
It's good to be sneaky! That's how my brother ended up with lots of veggies in him when we were growing up. How my husband gets more veggies than he knows about.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
28 Sep 09
muhahahah men, what would they do without us ??
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Sep 09
Growing up, my brother Alan was the picky eater. He'd sit there staring at his carrots (or any other vegetable) until bedtime if it meant he could get out of eating them. But in my little family, my daughter Naomi is by far the pickiest eater of the bunch. No contest...
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
hheheh do you sneak stuff in her food ? I have been sneaking in mashed up veggies into spaghetti, pizza sauce, rice, lol. then suddenly one day, she decided when i told her nanny would give her ice cream when we visit if she ate just ONE broccoli, she would eat it. and slowly but surely.. i am bribing her to eat more and more now.. but its a SLOW process and doesn't always work!
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Sep 09
I try to sometimes. I have this whole book on sneaking veggies into your kids' food, but I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. It's funny, she comes up to me and says, "real sneaky mom, you have that cookbook right on the counter." she is getting a little bit willing to try new things, but if she's tried it and doesn't like it, she REALLY doesn't like it!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
1 Oct 09
haha yea,mines not old enough to read yet so i dont have that problem.. lol she's still gullible.. !!
@Humbug25 (12551)
28 Sep 09
Hi ya Siss!! Well I have 3 boys and each of them are different. My eldest started to eat better once he stated to eat school dinners. My middle son always used to eat really well when he was a baby but became more picky as he got older. He is now at school and has started to eat a bit better. I have never had much problems with my youngest as he is like me, loves his food and eats fruit all the time. My eldest eats what I give him but doesn't eat a lot same as his brother though it is a push to get him to eat it. The youngest will eat a bit less than his brothers because he is only 5 but I have no problems with him and he has got a bit of a belly on him but he eats good food!!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
28 Sep 09
hehe kids bellies are so cute. my first daughter has never had a belly. cause she is a skinny minnie, The second is skinny too but she's got the little pot belly. so cute!! hard to find clothes that fit the older, she's tall and skinny!!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
26 Sep 09
Hi Sissygrl, I can't compare as only know how my son eats but he wasn't picky at all when very small but grew into it. There's still lots of things he just says he doesn't like without even trying which drives me mad but a good solution for that one is when he eats at a friends house as he will then return and tell me for instance that he now likes the dreaded tomaotes, because he's too well behaved at someone elses house to leave the food so tries it. I've stopped worrying about it now and realise that he eats when he's hungry and not much if he's not. The main hunger pangs are in the late afternoon after school. The good thing is he'll eat any fruit or vegetable I give him, and salads, but nothing with a sauce on, so even when I do a good winter casserole I end up picking out meat, potatoes and veg for a plate for him.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
hahah my brother used to be picky.. but he'd eat everything on his plate.. as long as nothing touched nothing else.. he couldnt have his potatoes touching his meat or his peas for example. LOL. i think he grew out of that now though.
• United States
26 Sep 09
Hello, I will not say one is more picker than the other, in my opinion I think boys and girls are about the same, and of course depending on the child. I have a two year old son my self and he is very picky, at first it did not seem that way, but now that he is going on three in about a month, he has gotton even more picky when it comes down to certain foods. I 'm actually happy that he don't have a like for to much starchy foods intake
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
when my daughter was 2 she'd pretty much only want to eat frenchfries all the time.. she likes things that are salty and things that are sweet.. but is STARTING to accept other foods on her plate even if its a small portion, some veggies are better then none.
@Melbee11 (233)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I think they are. Girls watch out for there wait and things lik that. Boys just eat whatever tastes good or catches there attention, I mean foodwise. So girls are more pickier than the boys because whatever they eat they think if they would gain weight eating it. The boys are more easier to raise I think.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
lol well i hope my toddler isn't watching her weight.. did you read all my discussion? or maybe misunderstood ?
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I don't know about all boys but my son liked to eat and wasn't fussy like his sisters.....I think they are just better eaters and more willing to try new things.....girls have a tendency to be fussy about alot of things!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
lol we are a picky breed i guess.. i'm not a whole lot of picky, but i'm sure at one point or another in my life i sure was :P
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I really think what your kid will and won't eat has a lot to do with what you ate when you were pregnant and what they are exposed to at a young age. I eat whatever, but my brother is a really picky eater. When I was little my grandmother watched me a lot, she fed me everything under the sun. With my brother she wasn't as involved and he wasn't exposed to a bunch of different foods. My son will eat just about everything. I have found though the closer he gets to 11 for whatever reason food he used to really enjoy - like baby carrots and broccoli - he is starting to turn his nose up at a bit. He'll eat them but he doesn't always want to. I am pregnant with a girl, so we will see how she does.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
CONGRATS sedel! girls are fun.. my first daughter is the picky one, and the littlest well she used to eat better then she does now, but she will sTILL eat everything, just smaller portions i've noticed. maybe no growth spurt atm. haha well i did eat a LOT of junk food when i was preg with the first. but i ate a lot of everything with second.. so it does seem to make sense right now..
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Sep 09
Speaking personally I was way more picky than my sister. She wouldn't eat chicken or fish (both of which I loved) and I wouldn't eat other meats or vegetables. I loved sherry trifle though. Then and now! My daughter was quite picky though and her male cousins absolutely not - provided the food was processed slurry and not recognisable as anything that had ever actually grown or made an animal sound!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
thanks p1ke, My mom said neither me nor my brother where very picky, but I was a milk girl and he was a juice boy.. I guess that's personal preference though not being picky
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
It's totally the opposite with my grandchildren. My Granddaughter will eat almost everything and always more than willing to try new foods. My Grandson on the other hand eats so very little and is a very picky eater. That would drive me nuts actually. I only had one daughter and she was raised to eat what went on the table and I was grateful to have something to put on the table. Times have changed I can tell you.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Sep 09
I know.. i stopped offering new stuff when she didn't want to eat what was on the table and told both girls they had to eat what was on their plates before they got something else. . and a suggestion from a mylot user i put in place also, If you dont eat THIS meal, then you get NOTHING else till the next meal. and i added no milk either. only get water if you dont eat your meal!
• United States
27 Sep 09
I think this is more of an individual thing rather than gender, although boys do tend to be less picky eaters.
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26 Sep 09
for me its up to a person if he or she is picky or not. like there are foods that i don't like and my boyfriend also have sets of food that he doesn't like.
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@arkansos (546)
• India
26 Sep 09
well, boys are less picky about most things. I once went shopping with a girl. I've decided never to do that EVER again. She spend 3 chosing dresses she would not buy, visited five mega stores and ended up buying nothing. Wooh! hate her about that. Guys take time too, but 10 minutes per piece maybe.and well food. I don't want that its high fat. That one has a slight sour undertaste to it. I don't know if they make 'em fresh. Oh comon!
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
26 Sep 09
My daughter is now 6. And she didn't begin to be a picky eater until she started school. I am sure some of it was/is peer pressure. As to your original question, my son is only 9 months old. So it is hard to tell at this point. My nephews, well, one is picky and another is not. They are brothers. So I don't know if that is a good sampling.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
25 Sep 09
My boys were what my ex husband called "land sharks"--a shark will eat anything! From the time they started to crawl, their appetites were enormous! Boys are often more physically active than girls and I think this is why. Think of those little bodies--try to do everything they do, or at least imagine it, in a day. You'd be exhausted and famished!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
2 Oct 09
My husband and I Are just starting out so we don't have children yet. However, my husband is very picky, I've been told when he was younger he was less picky. For me, I was picky but at the same time not, and now I am less picky then I was when I was younger. I think this is just another one of the many things that has to do with eating habits the parents had as children, and the parents families had as children. I think that they'll grow out of the phase, but there will be certain things they'll always refuse to eat. I was like that with tomatoes, but well not really as I do eat them now... I was an on again off again tomato eater! lol!