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Time for a change

no, this has nothing to do with Obama.

It has everything to do with eating. Mainly the way my children eat. The way I let them eat.

It all started when Caylee was about 18 months old or so. maybe earlier. She is really picky and instead of making her eat what we were eating, i would make her what i knew she’d eat. Lexi caught on and stopped trying everything we put on her plate, because we never made Caylee try anything.

Caylee takes stubborn to a whole new level. We tried the “this is what we have, eat it or go to bed hungry.” i can’t tell you how many nights she went to bed hungry, which resulted in her waking up screaming every hour through the whole night. for multiple nights in a row. So we went back to giving her what she’ll eat.

Now we have three kids, with three levels of pickiness. There’s Lexi, who will eat a lot, and will try ALMOST anything. Although she is stubborn on some things, which I believe she doesn’t really like. or she forgets she likes. We normally make her try a bite of everything i cook.

There’s Josiah, who is still young and will eat what we put in front of him, although he doesn’t seem to like spinach.

And Caylee, who will eat about a handful of things. and some of those things she wont eat every time they are put in front of her.

Every once and awhile i get overtaken with guilt. it’s normally the days when I realize they have had chicken nuggets and french fries a few days in a row, or a few meals in a row. Or I realize Caylee has had nothing but junk for a week straight. Today was one of those days. And once again we’re going to try to put our foot down.

Only this time we are going to take a different approach. Supper time is going to be one meal (some nights i make 3 variations of dinner). I will make sure there is at least one item that Caylee eats at each meal. Eugene is not a fan of making them going to bed hungry, so in order to eliminate a special meal or not eating all together, this is the way we will have to go.

What I am not sure about is lunch. Lunches are our easy meals, normally sandwiches, nuggets, fries, hot dogs. nothing healthy really. at least not what Caylee eats. I’m not sure what we’ll do there. I’d appreciate any and all ideas on picky eaters or lunch ideas. She is gluten free, or is supposed to be.

So here we go. a week detox. no nuggets. no fries. no hotdogs. we’ll see what happens.

Comments

Comment from Kacie
Time January 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

I’ve read that some children who are extremely picky potentially have leaky guy syndrome.

Obviously Caylee needs to eat and not be super-hungry every night, but maybe there’s more than just stubbornness going on with her?

She already has gluten issues, maybe this is related?

Comment from Mom
Time January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

WOW, does this mean Eugene will have to eat veggies ;) (Love ya Eugene!)

Comment from Gail
Time March 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

What about fruit smoothies with lunch. I make myself a really good/easy banana strawberry smoothie (made with low fat plain yogurt). If I’m feeling particularly healthy I’ll throw in some wheat germ and spinach. They are yummy and I would think kids would love them and not realize they were eating healthy things!