Picky Eaters

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Picky Eaters
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Tue, 08-23-2011 - 11:07am

It sounds like there are some picky eaters around here (and I have one too!).

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 11:40am
I was a picky eater growing up, and my parents always made me try it at least a few times before they would agree I didn't have to any longer. I hated it!! So when my first one came along and she was also a picky eater, I would have her try it once, but after that, I didn't push. I figured she would come around in her own time (or never). Now if it was something like the time she went through a stage and wouldn't eat ham, for what reason I don't remember, but I knew she liked it, I lied to her and told her it was pork chops. She ate it with no problems and we got passed it. But for the true pickiness that she does have, I do try and tailor meals around it somewhat. It was easier when it was just her and I and we ate a lot of the same things, I would just schedule a dinner of something she didn't like on the nights she was gone and would eat it myself. Now with 5 of us, its not that easier, so I make subsitutions at times, or at least have something at dinner she will eat. FOr example, she won't eat anything with hamburger in it, so when we have hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner, she'll either eat hot dogs, or I'll pick up ground chicken and she'll make a chicken burger to eat instead. My younger two aren't picky at all, and neither is my husband, so luckily I don't have to work around more than one picky eater.
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Tue, 08-23-2011 - 12:30pm
Wow, are there kids out there that are not picky? My 2nd child is now 20 months old and he started out being willing to eat most things. Well that has changed and he too has picky. What I've finally settled on doing is I make one meal for the family, but if it is something the kids don't really like I put other stuff on their plates that I know they'll eat (like fruit or yogurt). I also make sure if I make a more adult-friendly dinner that the kids ate good lunch/breakfast meals that day. I do make the boys try every meat that i make, but other than that i don't force it. I figure that they know what they like and as they get older they'll like more. I wish we had one meal for hte whole family, but that would be a dream that will probably never come true.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 1:24pm
LOL Melissa! You will find that one meal someday. The one meal for us is a sausage pasta. I make a white cheese sauce (the same sauce I use for homemade scalloped potatoes plus a 1/2 cup of mozzerella cheese melted in), and pour it over bowtie pasta and cooked ground sausage and then add a layer of italian cheese blend over top and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 9:56am
Oh, I've had to do the "no really, it is chicken" when they were eating pork. Kids are so funny like that. Of course they ate it because they liked it, but it is crazy how one word will turn them off.

Interesting that your daughter won't eat hamburger. Does she just not like the taste? I would have a very hard time cooking if I didn't use hamburger!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 9:58am
I do think they will try more things as they get older. I'm finding that my oldest will give things a try where as he used to just automatically say no. We went out to Chinese food the other day with my brother and I thought he'd have a fit. Nope! He was fine trying it and actually liked it. Hopefully you'll find that it will become a bit easier as your children get older too.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 11:44am
She can't tell me why she doesn't like it. It apparently isn't hte texture like everyone assumes because she eats ground chicken, turkey on occasion and ground sausage. And she LOVES a good steak. The only time I get her to eat hamburger is if I mix 1/2 and 1/2 with sausage in lasagna. She says she doesn't like it, but will at least eat a very small helping of it. She used to eat meatballs all the time, til she realized it was actually hamburger (I have no idea what she thought it was made out of before that), and now won't touch it. But when she was little we always did chicken nugget happy meals or hot dogs, never would she touch a hamburger.
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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:20am
That is what I would have assumed too- that the texture turns her off. Interesting! It sounds like she has never liked it though (but funny that she's eaten it without knowing what it was!). Crazy!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:47am
I assume it has something to do with the seasoning of the meatballs, but who knows. I think its weird that she loves steak so much, not in the general sense, but in the sense that she won't eat hamburger, but will steak. She's a weird kid all around sometimes. ;0)
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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 11:54am
Yep, totally weird that she will eat steak! ;) I'm not a big meat person myself but I will eat hamburger. However, there is no way on earth I'd go near a steak. Too each their own I suppose!

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Registered: 08-27-2011
Sat, 08-27-2011 - 8:33am

I have a three year old who only wants to eat popcorn, mac and cheese and sweets. She has never eaten any kind of meat even though our family isnt vegitarians. I used to worry about her health because of this but she seems to be thriving somehow. Her doctor can find nothing wrong with her development. The way we have been doing is fixing her a plate and putting it on the table when we have dinner and leaving it. We tell her its there and eventually she will start going back and forth taking a bite here and there. It seems that the less we push her to eat the more she will eat. I hope she comes around soon and eats dinner with the rest of us.

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