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#16 Sarah Kate

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE(ellemjaye @ Sep 5 2011, 11:01 AM) View Post

I'm harsh but I don't have time for food battles. My kids are 4.5 and 2.5 and if they don't eat what's served, they don't eat. Even at dinner time. Sometimes they are fussy and sometimes they eat everything in sight.

They don't have any allergies/aversions etc they are just turds sometimes so I don't have any qualms about making them go hungry if they don't eat what I've prepared.



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#17 Lizzzard

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:08 PM

It's so hard when the food issues are also accompanied by small stature isn't it? With my daughter (average height and build), I don't care if she eats or doesn't eat - I know she's not going to starve...but with my son (barely on the charts) I am more worried if he doesn't eat for days on end.

Besides the excellent advice above, I would just add that probably the most effective turning point for us re openness to different food was pre-school. The only thing my son used to eat was steamed rice and chicken. However when he started preschool, he started eating all sort of things - not usually for me mind you, but I knew he was eating them during the day because they told me he was. He's still fussy, but he's broadened out his 'at-home' eating to toast with vegemite, egg and strawberries (oh, this is besides the junk food he'll eat - I should clarify there's no problem getting him to eat mcdonald fries, icecream, chocolate etc). If you are thinking about sending him to preschool at some point, perhaps you'll find it helps your son become more adventuous too.

Good luck my dear!
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:42 PM

I hear you K, it is so frustrating.

I have become lazy and taken to offering her what I know she will eat (dinner seems to be the only problenm) which sure, it means she eats but she sin't getting the varierty and I'm not introducing new things. I've just had it and I hate myself for seemingly giving up but I just don't have the energy right now.

Couple this with a chef that really doesn't take a lot of interest despite this being his forte. He takes the easy way out and will also offer what I've cooked and frozen, rarely making her a stir fry or something similar that she laps up. I've begged for him to take over but he isn't forth coming.

I've had it but I need to get back on the horse and keep persevering, it's exhausting though, espeically now working 4 days a week.

I know it isn't a phase K and you are doing everything you can but fingers crossed he does grow out of it


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:11 PM

Porthos, that is so true. I find cooking a chore which I am sure makes the boys think eating is pretty much a chore as well!

I am much harder on A than I was on H but that is because I know he will eat what I serve, he just chooses not to sometimes. H though just didn't want to eat anything and the harder I pushed the less he ate. The harder I push A he does actually eat. He still goes to bed on very little dinner, but then he must not be hungry as he lasts till breakfast time anyway.

Nep if it helps H went from eating half a piece of bread and five pieces of pasta a day to having three full meals and actually getting excited about dinner time! The first time he saw dinner was ready and said 'Yah it is dinner time' in a very excited manner I nearly cried laugh.gif Now his favourite meal is roast and he is even inventing his own meals.


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