He's 3 y/o now and not much has changed. He will eat an apple or banana on a rare occasion, but that's the extent of his "healthy eating". He has turned into a typical toddler, eating only chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, french fries, PB&J's (sometimes). I have tried every trick in the book to get him to eat healthier, and nothing works. I have tried from hiding things in his food. I've tried only offering one thing, and if he doesn't want it, too bad, no dinner for him. I spent the better part of a year trying to get this kid to just eat what's given to him. Even even stooped to bribery. No such luck.
I think as Mom's, one of our goals to try and make sure our kids are "eating healthy". I know that I always figured I'd be the kind of Mom that was always putting a well-rounded meal in front of my child. And in my dreams, they would actually eat it.
Is it just me, or do other people feel like a failure as a parent when your child won't eat veggies, and fruits, and tofu... or whatever? I keep asking myself "What the heck? Where did I go wrong?"
But I am done beating myself up over it... here is something I have accepted:
So what if my kid is picky! Heck, I'm picky, that's probably where he get's it from ;)
It's not the end of the world. We've all heard the saying "Choose your battles". Well, this is a battle that for me personally, I am not going to fight anymore. We eat 3-5 meals a day in this house, and I can't be fighting with him ALL day long to get him to eat the lunch I put in front of him. And I'm not going to withhold food until he eats what I made, trying to get him to eat some peas or grapes just isn't worth it.
I know that a lot of people won't agree with me, and will fight to the death until their toddler eats better, and that's totally fine. It just isn't working for us anymore. Bennett is a happy little boy, whose thriving and growing just fine. At this point, we have so many other, bigger things to worry about, than what he will and won't eat. Give the kid a multi-vitiman and call it a day.
But just for the record, of course I will always offer healthier options, and I will continue to introduce new foods. But I've been so much happier and less stressed now that I've just chosen not to fight that battle anymore. My hope is that at some point, he'll start to broaden his food horizons, so to speak.
But until then, he can continue to eat his mac & cheese, waffles and chicken nuggets.
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