My son would only eat hamburgers, pizza, and hotdogs

Lily Ann - posted on 01/11/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son wouldn't eat anything that the family would eat he wants something different from the family... Like he want something other than turkey saying " I don't like turkey" but he likes it and eats it and have to understand that he will have to eat what the family eats but he refuses. What should I do about it?

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Raye - posted on 01/13/2015

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My 7 year old stepson is in this phase now, where he doesn't want to eat what's served even if we know he likes it. My husband keeps arguing with him or bribing him, and sometimes gives in just to get him to eat. But I'm of the same opinion as these ladies, that he should eat what's served or go hungry. At the next meal, he should get offered the same food choice that he refused previously until he eats it.

Nicki - posted on 01/12/2015

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How old is your son if he is old enough to help out with dinner let him. My son was very picky about what he would eat, so I started letting him help with the little things. By the time dinner was done we was ready to eat and telling his sisters he made it. If he's old enough teach him why he need s to eat. My son is five we started when he was four first thing we did was food by colors.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/12/2015

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Well, I don't know about any one else, but my house was NOT burger king, and my kids didn't 'have it their way'...

In other words, he eats what is prepared for the family, or he doesn't eat. Don't worry, he'll come around before he starves himself.

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Laura - posted on 01/13/2015

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My son is 8 and he has been doing the same thing since we moved into out own place. He wont eat anything other than the food you mentioned, the only way he will eat other stuff is if he gets involved and cooks it himself. So I have him help make dinner.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2015

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I agree with the other moms here with one exception. If your son has some sort of special needs and has a sensitivity to flavors and textures, then I might make an effort to me more accommodating. I have a nephew with autism, and if left to eat or starve, he'd starve.
If you child is a typical kids, then absolutely, either eat what the family eats or go without. I have one fussy eater left at of my four. She is 10, and very, very thin so I do try to make a side dish I know she will eat if the main course she something she doesn't like. However, she must at least try what I prepare but she can take seconds on anything. Like Jodi, I often serve raw fresh veggies along with the cooked ones. My kids just prefer them raw.

Jodi - posted on 01/11/2015

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As long as you keep making something else for him he will keep being fussy. Stop making a special meal just for him. He eats what is served up or goes hungry. I never cook more than one meal. I may prepare small variations (eg. sauce on the side instead of mixed in or carrots raw instead of cooked, or choice of corn on the cob or corn kernels) but never a totally different meal. I have the least fussy eaters in the world in my house these days :)

Michelle - posted on 01/11/2015

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He either eats what you serve up when you serve it or he goes hungry.
My kids know that I only cook 1 meal and if you don't eat it then you go to bed hungry. It has taken a while for my boys to get the message though but they know I won't make anything that will kill them.

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2015

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If he does not want to eat what the family eats and chooses to not eat then that is fine he can eat when the next meal is served.

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