My kids were picky eaters.

@marguicha (59314)
Chile
September 15, 2011 6:42am CST
When my daughters qwere small, they were picky eaters. I was very annoyed when they did not want to eat their food, forgeting that I had been that way too. But both grew up fine and their pediatrician always said that he prefered a healthy skinny girl than an unhealthy overweight one. At some time of their teens they started to like everything and they forgot their early lack of interest for some food. Are your children picky? What do you do about it? Do you worry when they don´t eat their diner?Share!
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@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
I have kids who are picky eaters. Well, it is really a difficult task to be handling these kids, but somehow I managed to change their habits. I told my wife I will not tolerate such a habit. I guess I am lucky that my kids have changed for the better.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
18 Sep 11
THere´s a stage when children are picky to eat. But I agree that parents have to try to stop it in the way they see fit.
@bellis716 (4809)
• United States
17 Sep 11
My son is 51 and is still a picky eater, in my judgement. I've laid the blame on the time. When he was small, I had to pinch pennies to feed the family. We didn't have very many different vegetables because they were too expensive. Meat was even more expensive so we had only the cheapest cuts. Steak, never! Now, he eats mainly steak and potatoes.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
18 Sep 11
I don´t think parents are to blame for what grown up people do. You did your best with what you have, he now does what he wants. The doctor will tell him what he should eat in a few years.
@allen0187 (14755)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
hi marguicha! well, my five year old daughter is a really picky eater. she only eats fried chicken and fried fish as well as vienna sausages. before she takes soups but has since stopped eating anything that has egg in it. she also likes chocolates and biscuits but that's about it. she drinks a lot of milk though, perhaps four to six glasses a day. the milk substitutes for her meals sometimes. in the morning she'll have a glass of milk for breakfast and that's it. she'll have a morning snack of biscuits and then have a bowl of rice with either fried chicken, fried fish, or vienna sausage as viand. in the afternoon, she'll have a snack of biscuits and for dinner, its the same, a bowl of rice and whatever she picks among the chicken, fish, or vienna sausage. in between meals, she'll have glasses of milk. anyway, i'm not worried since i was a very picky eater too when i was at that age. i've given her vitamins to increase her appetite but it only increased her appetite for her favorite foods and not foods in general. lol!
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
WOW!!! She´s worse than how my daughter was. But then, I would not let her have biscuits and those kind of snacks if she did not eat at least fruits. She liked fruits and a couple off raw veggies, such as tomatos and carrots.
@salonga (26587)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
Enjoying their food - No picky eaters at all
I also believe a slim but healthy child is better than overweight child. Some people find plump kids cute but they are in reality unhealthy and prone to sickness. My kids are not picky eaters because I've train them to eat without hesitation all the healthy foods I offer them right from the start. I patiently explained to them what benefits these foods are going to give them. They also know which food they should avoid. They don't eat hotdogs and any other kinds of processed meat They know processed meat is not healthy at all. They don't eat pork either because I've trained them not to. They are very fond of fruits and veggies. I think it all depends on how we train our children.
@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
I was unable to train my children when they were little. But they learned to eat what they should around their early teens.
@youless (75195)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Sep 11
When my child was little, he was also a picky eater. At that time I tried many methods so that my son could eat something "healthy". It didn't work very well anyway. Then it was time for him to go to the kindergarten. And he had to adjust to the life there since nobody would give in as well as at home. So he had to change and tried to eat more different food. I love China
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
I think that children go through stages. But then, later, they learn to eat a lot more things. School teaches them that there is no choice as in their houses. They either eat what´s on their plate or they will be hungry.
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@Judy890 (1634)
• United States
16 Sep 11
I was the same way as a child very picky, instead of eating home food like broccoli potatoes and chicken and etc... I wanted to eat pizza
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
How about now? Are you still picky? Children usually have some years of being picky but they mend their ways as they grow up.
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• United States
15 Sep 11
Oh gosh yes Marguicha both of mine were picky eaters and different from one another. Sadly so is their mother, me. What I did was basically learn with time what they did not like and or like and try to work in the middle. As you I made sure they tasted and see first. I did not want to spoil them into thinking that just because they say they did not like I would immediately make something else. So the rule was always that they had to give it a try and funny that sometimes they really liked it after all.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
Children don´t like to eat new things. But I have learnt as a grandmother (I wish I had learned before) that if you aske them to eat a spoonful and then, if they don´t like it, you have something they DO like, they will be willing to try it. Sometimes they like it immediatly, sometimes they learn to like it little by little.
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@mommytam (17)
15 Sep 11
that is just how some people are. I was a very picky eater when i was little. I am not as much an more but in a way i am. if it not a certain way i wont eat it. My oldest daughter is like me picky about what she eats. i tryed this generic salbary steak once. she loves salsbary steak but she didnt like this one. she took a bite said ewwwwwww. and wouldnt eat it. my youngest daughter on the other hand. there is not to much she will refuse.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
16 Sep 11
I think that children go through stages. But then, later, they learn to eat a lot more things. But up to now, I don´t eat anything that "looks" as if it is not fresh. I have noticed that if I´m forced to eat a single spoonful out of politeness, I will not feel well later.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
15 Sep 11
I had two sons who were some of the pickiest eaters. I always had to disguise vegetables or they wouldn't eat them. Well, they would eat corn but that was the ONLY vegetable they'd eat for awhile. The redeeming feature that changed their attitudes about vegetables was when they started getting girlfriends. They'd be invited over to the girlfriend's parent's house for dinner or something and didn't want to admit they didn't like something, so they'd eat it and find out that they actually LIKED it. When my youngest son told me he ate broccoli, I almost fainted! LOL That was one vegetable I thought he'd never eat in his lifetime. I was thrilled! I love broccoli but rarely fixed it since I was the only one at home who did like it. It wasn't long before my other son realized, the same way (via a girlfriend) that he, too, liked broccoli. Oh, sure, they need a cheese sauce over it but they do eat it. Of course, now that they've moved out, the only time I really get to eat broccoli is when they come for a visit. Needless to say, we often have broccoli when they're here.
@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
It seems that, at a certain age, girlfriends are very important to turn boys into reasonable kids. I remember, many years ago, my brother would not want to change his clothes. That,until he got a sort of GF (he was 11) and became the cleanest child alive.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
15 Sep 11
Hi marguicha, My only daughter when she was little was very choosy to eat foods. I think this habit is applicable to all kids. In our time when we were kids we eat all kinds of foods. We are nine siblings. My mother's had no time to look after each of us. Now the family size is small. Parents are very much careful about their children. Excessive care made the children picky. Parents are responsible for the habits of their children.
@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
I´m very sure children manipulate their parents by being picky. One of my daughters (the one who was more picky when little) decided never to make her children eat anything they did not like. Her children are the ones who have eaten better when small.
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@louievill (12115)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Yes my children are very picky like me when young so the pediatrician gave them a lot of vitamins ( the same as me) but when I reached teenage(like my eldest son now who is 15), we develop appetite and eat almost anything, I ate a lot, more than a normal person consumes up to my late 20's so I guess my children are just following my genes. Yes the pediatrician also said that slim (not skiny) and tall with good appetite is better because you burn what you eat cause you are active. I never gained too much weight and still almost the same weight when I was in my late 20's,so I guess the children will be the same.
@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
When you wrote about vitamins, I remembered that my youngest was the worst of the two. My mother was always worried that she would develop a tuberculosis (a ghost of her own youth). I asked the doctor and he said to give the child some pills when my mom was looking, to put her mind at ease. But that she didn´t need them. She began to eat at some time of her life, as I did too
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@tech2d (338)
• United States
15 Sep 11
Well marguicha I can understand where you are coming from. My sons, (who are grown now), were VERY picky eaters and still are to this day. My sons will not eat ANYTHING that comes out of the water. No fish, shrimp,crab,etc. Why? I don't know. Both their mother and me both like fish,etc. I find it quite puzzling. When I ask them why, they really can't tell me. They just say they don't like fish,etc. Go figure.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
Their loss, I suppose, friend. I love fish, but more than that, I love other seafood. I would do anything to eat crab in large amounts (imposible as it´s expensive) or other wonderful sea creatures such as urchins, octopus and shimp. I love to make seafood rissotto, a dish I can afford.
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@bingskee (5241)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
one of my children is picky. after some time, i learned that she must have gotten it from me. i remember i was a picky eater, too. eventually, she learned to appreciate food. she was very skinny when she's young and i was so worried. now, she looks very pretty and is still very conscious about the intake.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
I think that children know what´s good for them as long as they don´t want to eat everything the TV commercials tell them to. Skinny children are usually healthier than overweight ones. I´m sure she´s lovely
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@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Hello! I'm happy that your girls did good even they were picky eaters as children. I'm not a mom yet, but I've read this magazine about moms having trouble of getting their kids to eat vegetables and fruits. And I liked how a respondent who is also a mom for sharing her strategies on making kids to love nutritious foods. She would play with her daughter when playing toy kitchen stuffs and put real food in it; make it as colorful as it can be and presentable. That way, her daughter learned and loved eating vegetables from then on. ;) By knowing this, now I am confident to say that I'm ready to be a mom soon! I hope so.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
I discovered later in life that we must not worry so much about our children not eating this or that. Sooner or later they´ll catch on. It´s better to have picky children than to try to put weight on them by giving them junk food to eat.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
15 Sep 11
We have a Granddaughter and GGranddaughter who have this problem, what we finally found was that these children have a very sensitive sense of taste, making what we feel is properly seasoned food taste just terrible to them. When I found this out I felt just terrible for all the times I had treated this as just plain stubberness. Even now the Granddaughter likes very few foods, but she will try them. Her daughter at the age of 5 is still a very picky eater, but her Mom understands. And now her Grandmother does also.
@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
Each pwerson has its own taste buds differnt from other people. We usually forget that children are as unique as adults. My daughters always laugh at me because I make them go and put on something warmer when I am cold.
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@bretay61 (723)
• United States
15 Sep 11
My youngest granddaughter is very picky.Eats only limited food.She is so small.We have asked the Dr about her not eating and he said that when she gets hungry she will let you know.Other than that she was fine.When she eats something,after 2 bites she is done and says her stomach I full.She doesn't eat bread,and no kind of sauces period.Will not touch anything that has ketchup,mayo,mustard,spaghetti sauce,etc.She likes to eat a hotdog,but only eats the wienner and not the bread.She has never ate a cheeseburger.At school for lunch she a yogurt and that's all.She picks the breading off of chicken fingers.She is tall and skinny.But the dr said she is in the right weight for her height.She is gonna be tall like her daddy.Now my oldest one loves food.We have to watch her food intake.And she doesn't really eat alot she just nibbles.She just has a healthier appetite than her sister.
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
It seems that every child knows what their body needs. When I was a young mother, I was taught to make my babies food with salt. Now we know that it´s not a good idea as the veggies and meats contain enough salt without adding any.
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@viney17 (688)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
im a teenager, and i also used to be a picky eater, but as time pass i tried different foods but i cant force my self to eat things i don't like, i throw up literally when i consume one. Whatever you do to me i wouldn't eat vegetables, i cant really. you shouldn't force them to eat what they don't want, overtime they would crave for it, and when they get old they will realize that they need to eat those food and need the nutrients
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
I have seen that we can teach out taste buds by eating just a tiny bit of food we don´t like. It´s a good idea because when we get older we might be invited to a place where we don´t like the food they serve us. My daughter hated sushi and now it´s one of her favorite foods.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
15 Sep 11
Hi marguicha.. As i have seen they are not different than any other kids. I have seen almost all kids are same and need to pick up their concentration by forgetting them that they are eating. I have seen some moms shows sky, dolls, tell stories and so on. lol
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@marguicha (59314)
• Chile
15 Sep 11
I onten think that by being picky, children manipulate their parents in some ways. My grandchildren are not picky while they visit me. But my rule is: any new food has to be tasted. If they don´t like it, I give them something else. Some times they like it, sometimes they are willing to try it with 2 spoonfulls. After a time, they like it.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Hello. I don't have kids yet but I myself was a picky eater during my childhood. I guess it's common for kids. :) I really hate vegetables and fish. My diet was canned goods, pork and chicken meat, hotdogs, and my favorite, junk foods! Hehe. Because of that kind of diet I was skinny and doesn't look healthy at all. But later in life as I grew up I started to love vegetables. Now I don't look malnourished at all. Haha. Nowadays there are a lot of ways to give children the right nutrition they need. There are processed foods out there which already have all the dietary nutrients required for children. Best thing is children will love those processed foods as it tasted good. I so I guess it won't be that hard for parents anymore to give proper nutrition for their kids. But it's still best if kids learn how it nutritious foods in the conventional way such as eating vegetables. shadow41
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@KrauseHome (28961)
• United States
15 Sep 11
I have a sister that has had to fight weight now as an adult that was a very picky eater. There were a lot of things she refused to eat, and was skinny as a child. One of the things she would never eat is Mushrooms and still to this day refuses to eat them. So this is one thing she never outgrew even though a lot of the other things she has.
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