10 Reasons My Child Won't Eat That

Mom Moment 68

My 5-year-old and I got into a fight last night.

I made him ravioli for dinner, he refused to it eat, and I completely lost it.

What, that sounds unreasonable? Well, let me explain.

My son used to eat everything I put in front of him; he was a human garbage disposal, and with two other picky kids, I loved it. Peas? Bring 'em on. Salmon? Yum! Steak? He devoured it.

Until one day when he pushed the salmon away. The peas and steak quickly followed. One by one, all of the foods he used to eat became unappealing to him and were replaced with kid staples like mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. It was simply tragic. Ravioli was literally the last dinner he'd happily eat where I could sneak in some veggies and feel like I wasn't completely failing as a mother.

I will give him credit, though, for coming up with some creative excuses for not eating the food I place in front of him. Maybe he won't have the most balanced diet, but at least he can think on his feet? Maybe?

Ten reasons my son won't eat his dinner ...

1. There's green stuff on it and green is his favorite color.

2. It's too warm.

3. Now it's too cold.

4. It might be spicy.

5. Tomato sauce looks like blood and that's gross to eat.

6. Once I had that and I got sick. (Two weeks later. With a cold.)

7. It's staring at me.

8. It's mushy.

9. It's not ice cream. (OK, so I can't entirely disagree with that one.)

10. The dog wants it more than I do.

 

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nonmember avatar Emmie

I've heard of people blending cauliflower, butternut squash, or carrots into the mac and cheese. Never tried it, but apparently the cheese flavor is over powering, so they have no idea the veggies are in there.

nonmember avatar lisakphillips

reason 11- He's a spoiled brat who's never gone hungry.

nonmember avatar Wendy

Lisakphillips, no, he's a normal kid, who's never gone hungry. There's no shame in that, at least not at 5 years old!

nonmember avatar ladybrey

Growing up as a kid in our house there were no such thing as a picky eater. Either you ate what was placed in front of you or you went hungry, and trust me after a kid go hungry for a day or even just for a few hours they will eat. My mother did not believe in making everyone separate special meals because one of us didn't like the fact it was green, we ate what was given, and that is why to this day my sisters and I have always been adventurous eaters and ate vegetables even when we were kids.

Hurri... HurricaneTalia

My son used to be a picky eater, Not anymore. We started sending him to bed without supper if he wouldn't eat and then putting the food in the fridge and offering it to him at each meal. When he gets hungry enough, he eats. I don't know why some parents cave and fix their kids seperate meals. There's no excuse for it unless the child has allergies or something.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

With 10 kids and 5 grand kids we have faced many "I don't like that" issues. I have two sons with autism and it can be a challenge, however I don't work at "Mom's Diner" this is Mom's kitchen and I make One meal for our family. They may not eat all of their dinner but they Must take 2 bites of each thing on their plate. I know tastes change so they must try the food.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

With 10 kids and 5 grand kids we have faced many "I don't like that" issues. I have two sons with autism and it can be a challenge, however I don't work at "Mom's Diner" this is Mom's kitchen and I make One meal for our family. They may not eat all of their dinner but they Must take 2 bites of each thing on their plate. I know tastes change so they must try the food.

Elaina M Basabe

Wow. Some people don't know humor if it bit them in the heinie. It is true that most children go through a stage of pickiness no matter how compliant they were at an earlier stage. It's a phase that most parents experience. Especially those that chose to be snarky in the responses...obviously, that's why they were "going hungry"...because you were picky. Some people cave into their little dictators demands but you're not one of them (obviously, from your post) so live and let live. Have fun with that.

nonmember avatar Joe

Fixing a separate meal for your young child is a "dangerous" road to travel. Growing up, I had a friend who had 3 brothers. His poor mother would literally cook 6 separate meals every night, one for each boy, one for the father, and something healthy for herself. Coming from a house where you ate what mom made, or you didn't eat, I was shocked when I first saw this.

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