10 Year Old Picky Eater

Nicole - posted on 06/12/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 10 year old son to eat what I make? He hates onions, tomatoes, lettuce and almost all veggies. How do I get him to eat his meals? Most of my meals contain onions and tomatoes.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2015

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Which can be found in MANY other food items. Not just the ones he doesn't like. For example: I've NEVER liked asparagus, or broccoli, or cooked spinach. That doesn't mean I don't get proper nutrition, but I don't choose to have those items in my home or on my menu

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Deborah - posted on 06/15/2015

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I found the book 'Fearless feeding' really helpful in making progress with this. I also notice that my daughter likes ingredients to be separate and so sometimes arrange meals like this. Start with what he does like, make a list of the healthy foods that he will eat and then go from there.

Gena - posted on 06/15/2015

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There are alot of dishes without onions and tomatoes. You could try making a wild rice..it has veggies in it that my husband eats even though he would never eat them on its own. Just cook rice and in a second pan you heat up very small chopped veggies. I always use carrots and zucchini. Then add salt and pepper and a small amount of garlic. Then you just add that veggie mix to the rice and stir it around.

Ally - posted on 06/13/2015

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i can understand your worry. My son is even worse. he doesn't like eating at all, so he is very skinny. what i can do is let him eat whatever he feels like eating. And i found that if I read a book to him and stop on an interesting page while he is eating, he would eat more coz i said 'feed yourself, then i continue the story'. Finally he can at least finish 2 third of the dish.

Nicole - posted on 06/12/2015

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I'm just hoping this is a phase he will grow out of. He wants to be in sports but he needs his protein and fiber and other vitamins and minerals.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2015

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People's tastes change over time. I used to devour Doritos chips, now they nauseate me. Kids are no different in that regard.
Being low income doesn't mean that you can't prepare meals without onion or tomato EVERY night either. There are other veggies, and other methods of preparation. Potatoes are not veggies, they're starch.
What veggies DOES he like? Do they coincide with the likes of the other two? If so, no issue at all about preparing. If not, explain that sometimes we all have to compromise, mom included, and work on those compromises.

Nicole - posted on 06/12/2015

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I'm not cruel. I just make him eat what he wants. I have a variety of different things to eat. I just wish he'd eat stuff that he use to eat. He use to eat tomatoes onions and other veggies. He eats potatoes but not red potatoes. I'm also on a limited income so its hard to make what he wants to eat. My other two kids are not picky.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2015

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I agree, Dove. Continuing to force the child to eat something that he's clearly NEVER liked, especially when there are a plethora of alternatives, is unnecessary and cruel.

Dove - posted on 06/12/2015

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I don't like onions (unless they are REALLY cooked) or tomatoes either. I am 38 years old and have tried tomatoes many, many times.... and I still can't stand them.

If your child hates onions and tomatoes... stop putting them in all your meals. Perhaps set out a portion for him before you add them to the rest. You said he hates almost all veggies.... well give him the ones he doesn't hate. It is ok to have different taste bud preferences and it's ridiculous to expect a child to eat something you KNOW they hate. That's just cruel.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2015

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Perhaps expand your menu? Not every dish requires onions or tomatoes, and there are a large variety of veggies out there that are fun to eat.

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