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I think I should write a book like Dr. Seuss. He was on a roll when he wrote “Green eggs and ham”. My story will say “I do not like eggs, ham, cheese, chicken, bread, fruit or veggies. But let’s talk chocolate and popsicles”.

That’s the story of my life these days. My son Aiden was a good eater since the day he started solids, at 4 months. Not overly picky, would eat so much I didn’t know where he was putting it all. Boy, did that change about 2 months ago. Now, I swear days go by and it seems like he doesn’t have a meal. I feel like a horrible parent. He seems to snack all day long. I do everything I can to get him to eat something for breakfast, the most important meal of the day. For the longest while I was keeping Sobeys in business with the fruit I was buying and now it sits in the fridge. I waste so much food, it is ridiculous. One day I made him 3 different lunches in hopes that one of them would be a winner! I ended up leaving them all on a plate in the living room for him to pick at while he was playing. Not a chance. He’d sooner skip lunch and come looking for a cereal bar or mum mum half hour later.

Getting him in his chair is sometimes a struggle in itself, other times he gets in no problem. We sit down as a family to eat supper and he has two bites, that’s it, then he’s done. UP UP UP. Oh COME ON, give me a break child! I feel like he is going to starve!! I get so frustrated! Please tell me this is normal. Someone please tell me this is a phase. My son won’t be living on snacks for the rest of his life, will he? I can see it now, 15 years old, skipping spaghetti and opting for packaged cheese and crackers. Weighing 85 pounds soaken wet.

I guess it’s a good thing I am not a gourmet chef. If I were, it’d be wasted efforts. I thought maybe it was my cooking so we brought him out to supper. Pasta and fries. Oh he ate all right, french fries by the handfuls. From now on, I’ll save my money and make them at home. Although, what he likes one day doesn’t mean he’ll like the next. Even the old faithfuls, eggs and pizza, he is refusing lately. This morning at 7am, after making him french toast, he wanted a pickle. By 8am he wanted peanut butter (on a spoon, no bread). Then for lunch he wanted a popsicle. He doesn’t always get what he wants…..but sometimes I cave (except for the 7am pickle, that is just nasty). I just like to see him eating SOMETHING!

What he’s not eating, I am. I can’t let perfectly good french toast go to waste now can I? Everyone told me when I was pregnant that I was eating for two, no one said that I’d be doing the same thing when Aiden was 2 years old! If this keeps up, I’ll soon need an elastic waistband again.

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  • Jen
    August 03, 2013 - 02:24

    I recommend reading "French Kids Eat Everything" by Karen Le Billon :)

  • Sonya
    Sonya
    May 31, 2013 - 06:20

    Hi there! Thanks for your comment! I have been talking to several other mom's of toddlers around my son's age and it seems quite common. I was thinking about buying those drinks too! My doctor said it was nothing to worry about, he'll eat when he's hungry and he has lots of energy so you are right, I'm sure it's normal ;-)

  • THDad
    May 31, 2013 - 06:04

    Three lunches? It's none of my business how you raise your child, but in my household the meal served to you is what you eat. If you don't eat it at lunch, it gets served at snack time. If you don't eat it at snack time, it gets served to you for supper, etc. Provide healthy foods, and if the child really is hungry she/he will eat. If she/he is being picky then he/she's not really hungry. I know it's gut-wrenching to hear your baby cry and fuss. I've been there! But you're not doing him/her any favours in the long run by giving in every time. Like you, we can't bare to see good food wasted. There are too many babies around the world who actually do go hungry - not because they're picky eaters, but because there's no food to be had.

  • anon
    May 29, 2013 - 17:02

    You described my 2 yr old exactly. Sometimes I don't know how she has the energy to even play. Doctor told me to feed her those ensure drinks for kids, crazy expensive and she wouldn't drink it. But she seems healthy so I'm sure it's normal.