I Solved the Case Of The Picky Eater

Max has to be the pickiest eater that ever lived.  Even as a baby he told me right away if he did not like the baby food I was feeding him.  If I tried to feed it to him again he would scream and cry.  When he turned 4 years old his big thing was wanting to eat one thing all the time until he was sick of it and then he would never want it again.

“What do you want for breakfast, Max?” I would ask.

“Grilled cheese.”

“How about toast and eggs?”

“No, thanks.  Just grilled cheese,” He would reply.

It would be a fight to try to get him to eat grilled cheese for only one meal.  By the end of the month he would declare that he didn’t like grilled cheese and never wanted to eat it again.  He would then tell me his new food of choice.  Chicken nuggets, peanut butter and jelly, kielbasa, pasta with butter.  I can give him fruit with his meals and some veggies (raw carrots, potatoes,  snap peas).  If I put anything else on his plate he brings out all of the drama.  He could win a starring role on a soap opera!

“Mom, why are you doing this to me??  String beans?  I can’t, Mom.  Please, I just can’t!”

My newest dilemma came up last month.  Max was running out of food.  He no longer wanted grilled cheese, chicken, meat loaf, PBJs, and just about everything else that he used to like.  There was nothing left.  Lucky for everyone, that was around the time I started to feed my youngest son solids.

“Mom, what are you feeding Lucas?”  Max would ask me every time.

“Try it.” I never believed in a million years he would every try baby food. EVER.

“Mmmm.  Can I have more?” He asked after sampling a little.

“Sure. Do you know what this is?”  and he would shake his head.

“Sweet potatoes.  Would you like me to make you some?”

“Yeah!  I like it.” He told him.

Holy picky eater, Batman!  Did he just say he wanted sweet potatoes?  I wasted no time serving him some delicious sweet pots!  He went on to try avocado, pears (every time I showed him a pear in the past he would make gagging noises), string beans, squash, apricots, prunes, parsnips!

There is a slight catch.  He wants to see me feeding it to his brother first!  I’m fine with that!  If he is trying new things, I could not be any more happy.

I’m hoping this continues and when his little brother is older Max will be a great eating role model!  We’ll see!

I solved the picky eater problem

Max tasting his brother’s apricots! I love the look on Luke’s face watching his older brother taste his food!



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7 replies

  1. Your boys are adorable! Looks like the whole “role-model” approach really does work!

  2. That is so awesome!!! Hmm, is that a reason to have another child…

  3. That is such an awesome picture. The faces your littlest one has. is. priceless!

  4. LOL, that expression is so funny! And yay for trying (and liking!) new foods. 😀

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