Arrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhh – my bloody nerves !!!!
I’m guessing we are not the only parents experiencing this issue but for me it’s now a problem. So I’m hoping anyone out there with some advice will get involved with this please so we can all benefit from it.
Nip#1 has recently turned 4. And she is eating less and less of proper food each day. Truth be told, she’s never been a great grubber, well not for real food anyway.
If I’m very honest, she hasn’t eaten proper food for nearly as long as I can remember (btw ‘proper food’ for me equals meat/veg/potatoes/wholegrain foods/fruit etc). But give her a whiff of a kinder egg or gingerbread man and it’s eaten in record time (I can’t be too hard on her here, I’m mean, who doesn’t right?!) BUT not when it’s practically all she wants.
She’s always had her favourite ‘fall-backs’ as I call them. Spaghetti bolognese (with no meat and only a tiny bit of sauce, no bits), Sausages, Potato Waffles, Cheese, Cereals, Crackers, Tinned Spaghetti & Porridge (which thankfully she loves). But lately, even these are a no go depending on the mood.
- Nip #1: ‘Daddy, don’t you remember, I’m taking a break with cheese?‘…
- Me: ‘You’re taking a ‘break’ with it?‘ I ask,
- Nip#1: ‘Yeah, just like I’m taking a break with ballet (for the summer) remember Daddy, do you?!‘… funny and not funny at the same time.
Bar sausages, she absolutely will not eat any meat – I swear she is a vegetarian but hasn’t a clue yet – however veggies are a serious no no at the same time (so maybe scrap the vegetarian analogy). Doesn’t like fish. She’s not into rice. Even beans are no good. Anything with ‘bits’ in it, forget it pal. My nerves are twitching even writing this. Every day I prepare food involving a mixture of the above in the hope that she will try even a little bit of something instead of the usual ‘I dooooooon’t liiiikkkkeeee thaaaatt‘ while pushing the plate as far away from her as possible.
One of my main concerns is that she is getting little to no nutrients/vitamins/nourishment that a young body needs for development from the above food groups. And I am worried and concerned and it is getting to me. I have to admit, I get annoyed at times when 95% of the food I put in front of her is rejected, I know I shouldn’t but it’s frustrating to say the least. Unfortunately, meal times have become a struggle & a battle whereas they should be fun & excitement. This is my sad face 🙁
So I’ve literally just started reading this book called ‘Get the little blighters to eat‘.
The reviews are what convinced us to get it. All very positive so here’s hoping it will have the desired affect.
I refuse to label Nip#1 a ‘fussy eater’ because it will just play into her psyche & will fuel her ability to continue refusing food. Avoid / Avoid / Avoid.
Are you experiencing the same with your little ones? Or have you gone through it? If so, what did you do to change the situation? Have you read the book? Please don’t be shy with your comments, every story/advice/tips etc will be gratefully received. Sharing is also groovy!