Why? Feeding my kids is a constant battle. Why won’t they eat? Why do they have to be so picky? This is something I can only partially answer. I know it’s somewhat my fault, for one I was a picky eater so it has to be in the genes…..right? Yeah, it has to be. Another reason is because it is so dang hard being a mom. With all those books out there on how to do everything, with all the directions the doctors want to give you, and all the advice you hear, whether you want to or not, from your family, friends, and complete strangers, I mean how are you supposed to know whats right and wrong?
Well I definitely screwed it up with my first. I followed everything by the book. Fed him baby food until the exact amount of months you were supposed to. Well guess what that did? Made him only used to the texture of pureed foods, so when he was “old enough” to have table food he didn’t want it because the texture was too weird for him. So now guess what? He is still extremely weird about textures. Even if its one of the 10 foods he actually eats, if it has a weird texture, he spits it out. Are you seeing my struggle yet?
Then there was my second child. I wanted to do everything different with her. Still started her on purees, but also gave her anything I was eating that I thought she could mush up enough to get down. And as she got older and more teeth I gave her more and more. So guess what? She’s a way better eater than my son, now she’s getting older and having opinions now on what she wants and is learning a bit of pickiness from her brother, but she will still at least pretty much try just about anything.
Still, everyday is a struggle. I envy those whose kids will eat anything and everything. Mine don’t even like the same things so I’m constantly making more than one thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know what most of you are thinking, “make them sit there until they eat it and if they don’t, then they don’t eat. Eventually they will get hungry enough and eat it.” Well good for you if you have done that and it worked. I’m just telling you my kids would starve. And my heart won’t let me starve them so there ya go. I just want other moms out there who struggle with this same thing to know you aren’t alone and I feel your pain! Trust me, we have even bribed my son to try a different food that he’s never had and he either won’t do it, no matter what the “prize” would be, or while crying he chews it and spits it out after about 5 seconds.
I think I have just realized that the struggle is real and I will win one of these days! I honestly do not think there is a right and wrong way of doing this, every child is different. I love these little ones so much that I am willing to fight, I won’t lose this battle!