FEATURED: Help! My 6 year old takes picky eating to a whole new place!
Im out of ideas and patience! My soon to be 6 year old daughter hates everything and happily chooses whatever "punishment" (no TV, dessert, games, etc) I put out there over eating most foods.
about a year ago when I quit my job to stay at home with our kids I put my foot down and said no more seperate meals- eat what we make or dont eat at all, Im not a short-order cook. I have stuck to this thinking as long as I serve things that would/ should apeal to most kids she would have something to eat and hopefully the exposure would encourage her to try some new things. Wrong! Sure, she'll eat if we have piZZa or spaghetti but absolutely REFUSES to eat chicken, beef, turkey, pork or any veggie regardless of how much butter, cheese or other condiment I slather on it.
I make sure she eats good throughout the day before that which has been easier. She usually eats a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread with apple sauce for lunch (fruit is easy- she loves all of them) and has some waffles or something like that for breakfast. apart from supper time she eats a good diet- we limit sugar, white breads and empty calories in general.
at supper tho, all heck breaks loose. Im so torn on which direction I should take. Make her go to bed without anything if she doesnt eat what we eat (this includes her 20 month brother by the way and he likes what we make *usually* just fine) or let her have a no-cooking required healthy snack? I know my daughter and she would gladly chose the latter route and there would be no motivation to try new foods so I have avoided this tactic so far. That leave me worrying about how much she's eating and if she's getting enough of what she needs. Plus, she doesnt even pick at the food so nothing is going in even though I KNOW she's hungry because she was asking me for a snack after the 4pm cut off.
Her annual check up is coming up in a couple of months and I plan on discussing this with her doctor but in the meantime I need HELP!! Im sick of arguing and throwing food away! Im worried that she will have a bad influence on her brother who is a good eater so far. She's always had a challenging personality but this is diving me NUTS!