1. Karen Adamo says:

    December 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Thanks for sharing, Martha! Having two kids gives me perspective on the issue. My oldest eats very few kinds of foods. Getting the right nutrition into her is a constant challenge. The middle one just eats, like it’s normal and easy. Having the one who is easy to take care of helps me feel less crazy about the other. I can see that I didn’t make the picky one that way, that’s just her temperament. It makes it easier for me to accept.

    • Martha says:

      December 6, 2011 at 11:15 am

      That really does make me feel better Karen! I never really thought I made her this way, but I am worried that I am reacting poorly to her eating habits/desires. I just keep hoping that whatever I do and say will provide the proper information for her and not give her any major issues as an adult.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    December 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    This is an issue in our house as well. Both of my sons just ate. They ate a variety of different foods in what seemed like appropriate amounts at what seemed like appropriate intervals. Olivia has been hard to feed since solid food was offered. She refused baby food completely. When she did start eating, she was very choosy and would quickly grow tired of anything I served too often. I’m always concerned about whether she’s getting proper nutrition. She eats very few items that contain protein which makes balancing a meal very difficult. Most of her meals consist of cheese, raw carrots and saltine crackers. Thankfully, she’s equally as picky about fast food. She will eat chicken nuggets and hot dogs (oh joy!) but she is picky about which kinds she will eat. Thankfully, she’s attached herself to Tyson nuggets that claim to be all natural. Of course, they are still fried. And naturally, she will not eat the organic hot dogs that I sprung for on several occasions, so I just quit buying hot dogs altogether. I feel your pain. I too am concerned about helping her develop positive eating habits in an effort to avoid so many things that seem to be an issue with adolescent girls and young women, such as poor body image and eating disorders. Those types of concerns didn’t occur to me when I was raising boys. It was one of the first things I thought of when I found out I was going to have a daughter. Thus far, my strategy has been to serve a variety of healthy(ish) options. She is free to have cookies and sweets but I don’t stock up on them. If she works through a box of cookies quickly, then I just don’t hurry out to replace them. One of my new tactics has been to talk about how certain foods will help her grow. She’s all about getting bigger right now, so it seems to be working a little. Mostly, I’m just crossing my fingers.

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