Both kids are so opposite when it comes to eating. And both kids are PICKAAAY.
It drives me insane.
One rule in the home is that I am no longer a short-order cook and haven't been for a while.
I tried the "short order" route when James was about 2 but an early age of 2. I had the thoughts of "okay okay..if I can just get him to eat something nutritious at this meal no matter what" (and I still think that but I control it).
I felt like such a sucker every time he'd push away a delicious plate of food, scoff, and ask for something else. And then, begrudgingly I'd walk into the kitchen and prepare something more tasty to his picky palate.
It only burned me in the ass more than ever. And still felt like a sucker. And a whimpy mom.
I always fear of being a whimpy mom. But I also fear of being too strict. The lines between the two, I've begun to learn, is a fine one.
In real life I can be kind of a pushover. Not as bad as I used to be, but I tend to let things slide by me way too much when it came to other people. So now, with two little ones watching my every move and listening to my every word (well, at least the words they want to hear) I had to become tougher when it came to mealtime.
Both kids love different things. Here are a few examples:
James loves pasta with melted yellow cheese, but Natalie loves it with plain spaghetti sauce, NO CHEESE or she will throw it.
Natalie will eat some of her veggies and some fries but not eat her chicken, but James will eat only the chicken at dinner.And even getting either one to eat any sort of meat is like pulling teeth.
Natalie loves loves milk (bless her) but James, now calls milk "gross and icky". Actually I shouldn't say "now" because he's been avoiding milk since I took his bottle away almost 2 years ago.
Both James and Natalie eat like birds and sometimes, I don't even know how they're surviving! They'll eat a small amount of food in the day and be fine. But maybe a day or two later they'll eat like crazy. And on the days where they refuse their lunch or dinner (or sometimes both meals) I continue with our snack schedule like usual and that's that. I question myself again, "what are they surviving off of??" They both drink juice but even that can't fill up that much. lol Oh and how they love they're juice. We now go through about 40 ounces a day for both of them. And that's even adding water to it.
But both kids love alot of the same stuff and we try to give them variety. While I'd love to only feed them organic food that is so not an option. Although, I do buy the organic ground beef and soymilk when they're on sale. And some organic veggies too. But in general, regular foods.
Both kids being so picky raises my anxiety when it comes to our family's history of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity (me me me),various types of cancer, geeze you name it and it's there in our family.
I fear that they're picky eating will never end and they'll be fat and sick. I think that's probably every parent's worst nightmare..well, one of 'em.
While I have no problemo with them eating fries, ice-cream, and the occasional lollipop, I feel like no matter what, we still have to teach them what moderation means.