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Go Figure!

So, we have been struggling with Liam and his eating. Once he was introduced to table food he became a very picky eater…let me rephrase that…Once it was time for him to eat table food, I was too cautious and “babied” him, so now he doesn’t want to eat but three things. It drives me crazy that I did this to him and now that he is so stubborn about it. Now that he is 2, I am trying to not get as flustered.
We have tried on and off to be strict with him and what he eats, but I eventually give in. This week I rededicated myself to stick to it…and I did. To the point that he was going to bed hungry. I felt completely awful inside, but knew that if he was hungry enough, he would eat. So, (one of many of) my biggest mistake I have made is trying to feed him noodles. I didn’t think about it until tonight, but the last three nights we had noodle something or left overs of noodles. He absolutely HATES them. Never has even liked them as a baby. What kid doesn’t like noodles? We were short of purchase a vice and cramming the food in…okay know that I am kidding when I say that and don’t call any officials on me!
So last night I thought I would try a different approach, rather that making him feel ganged up on and out of control. From now on (and crossing my fingers this works more than once) I am just going to put the meal out in front of him, one of everything, and he can eat it if he wants. Lucky for him, tonight I was making chicken wraps with breaded chicken tenders. I cut his up and put some ketchup on his plate. I also put some fresh spinach on his tray and some green bell pepper. Just enough so he can try it. Keep in mind the only thing he has had all day is a yogurt because he refused to eat his lunch. He went for the spinach first! By the end of dinner he had a large handful of spinach and 2 chicken bites. Normally, the chicken is gone within seconds he loves it so much. I WAS SHOCKED! Of course I made a huge deal out of it! I realistically know this will not happen every time I put something new on his plate, but it’s a start…of a non-frustrating dinner time!

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    u can call me R-foo
    February 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    crazy kid. lol. you’re doing great. just keep at it and he’ll soon learn there are lots of yummy food he can eat!!

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    Stacey Michaud
    February 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Ha! We are dealing with the consequences of not doing this and now my son is four. We have a new rule where he has to take a No Thanky you bite! I feel your pain.

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    February 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Yay on getting Liam to eat! We occasionally have battles here too – with my 5 year old AND my 12 year old. We try to do the “you have to taste it so you know if you really don’t like it” rule and that seems to work out okay. Hope you have continued success! 🙂

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    Jim, Rhi and Ike
    February 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Awesome! My parents had a rule that if you complained you got another helping 😛

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    Grandma Holly
    March 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    he and his dislike of noodles.

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