Our son is a picky eater.
Ok. That’s an understatement. His diet consists of breakfast cereal, scrambled eggs, fish sticks, french fries, macaroni & cheese, naked pasta, bread, corn on the cob, bananas, pancakes & waffles, and, of course, chocolate. He has a few snacks that keep him afloat like goldfish, Mott’s fruit snacks, and NutriGrain bars.
Now, many of you, I’m sure, are looking over this list and thinking, “I wish my picky eater ate this much!” I understand that. But as self-proclaimed foodies, Michael and I are somewhat in despair. We’re beside ourselves trying to figure out how to get Israel to enjoy more variety in his diet.
It’s clear he seems to be exhibiting some sensory aversions. Our pediatrician says to give him a multi-vitamin and incorporate his regular foods into the family’s meals as much as we can while offering him everything we eat. We do that, but this strong-willed boy would rather starve than try something new — last night, we had this AMAZING homemade from-scratch beef stew (link to recipe below) and brown rice and he even refused the brown rice, so he went hungry — … unless it’s a new dessert, of course.
So I have a new; I think inspired; tactic. I’m putting my 4-year-old to work!
He’s very curious and always eager to help, so I’ve been having him help me prepare dinner. Here’s what he’s helped me make so far:
Corn Casserole (which, away from the ears of children, I affectionately call “corn crack”)…
Now, he actually tried the corn casserole! We were SO EXCITED!! Granted, he eats bread and corn and we told him it was “corn cake”. 🙂 But we are taking this as a win!
He and I also made Beef Stew (amaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhzing, FYI)…
I didn’t have the peas the recipe called for. I can imagine that would’ve made it even better. He didn’t try this dish. But he was most enthusiastic about helping and encouraging others to eat what we’d prepared.
Perhaps one day, all this helping will lead to curiosity … which will lead to tasting and loving. Fingers crossed!
Tell us what works for you. 🙂
I think I’ll go eat that leftover beef stew now. OMG. So deelish.