I don’t have a backbone. There. I said it. My daughter is one of the pickiest eaters around, yet I refuse to put my foot down and “let her go hungry.” I sent out this picture on Instagram last week and was a little surprised by the response. I got only a couple “Yeah, I hear ya”‘s and a whole lot of “buck up and don’t let her play games with you!” I remember before I had Alea, that was exactly my plan. I went into this whole parenting thing with the “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” mentality and now I’m kicking myself for letting Alea manipulate me. This is not the mother I planned on being!
The things my child will eat are as follows, chicken nuggets, corn, peas (rarely), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, string cheese, cottage cheese, any kind of cheese (what? she was born in Wisconsin!), oatmeal, toast, tomato soup, grilled cheese (yes, we’re back to the cheese again), bananas, french fries, yogurt, cereal, spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, and smoothies. That’s pretty much it.
Cory and I have gone the route of making her sit at the table until she tries at least one bite of each different food on her plate… to no avail. We’ve told her that if she didn’t want what we were having for dinner, she could just have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead. But we haven’t yet agreed to give her what we’re having or let her go without. (Ahem… that’s more on Cory than me, I must say). But as parents, there’s that guilt of “letting your child go hungry,” you know?
Honestly, I’m not really sure what to do now. I’m at a crossroads. I’d love to just wave my magic-mommy wand and have her eat whatever I gave her without a fit, but I know it’s going to take more work than that. I’m going to have to somehow slowly reprogram this little vegetable-despising child I’ve created and try and put my foot down. Because seriously, I’m really sick of making peanut butter and jellys.
What about your kiddos? What do you do with them to get them to eat what you put in front of them? Share with me your wisdom!