My 8 year old has been in a picky eating phase for some time now.
I use the term “phase” in the hopes that, through the power of words, it will somehow magically end.
Eh. Not so much.
This little phase has lasted… oh, going on 2 years now. Lately it’s getting ridiculous.
I don’t know exactly when it began, because during my pregnancy and first few months I’m in a kind of free floating fog of nausea, sleep deprivation and general crankiness. I just know that it needs to stop.
Today I asked her to make a list of the foods she doesn’t like.
Be careful what you ask for!
p.s. Please don’t judge her punctuation too harshly. She is, after all, only 8 and seems to have been infected with that heavy use of the apostrophe disease so many native Georgians have. We’re working on it ok?!
Ilana’s List of Thing’s I Dont Like To Eat
- Hash Brown’s
I have a feeling that several of those items appear simply because they were what we had for dinner (rice, shrimp, “brocli” and “caulflower”). We also had carrots, and I pointed out that it didn’t make the list, to which she replied:
“I like carrots. Raw.”
I simply don’t know how the child survives because most days she subsists on a diet of chewing gum and her own spit.
Any thoughts on what to do with an 8 year old going through a picky phase?
Previously when a child tried to be picky I didn’t make a big deal out of it, and just insisted that they take ONE bite of the offensive food. I also don’t allow them to say negative things about the food before saying something kind.
For instance, they can tell me:
“Thanks for dinner mom. Asparagus with mushroom sauce isn’t my favorite dish, though I do appreciate the mashed potatoes.“
The other kids aren’t picky (except for maybe one or two foods each) so this tactic has worked well for me.
I know I need to get a little tougher with her though. She eats too much toast, and also has a sweet tooth. Maybe she needs fewer carbs?
What say you?