picky eating wearing on my child

Becky - posted on 11/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




i babysitt and extremly picky eater as well as watch my child, who is normally a veggie munchin monster. Now all my kid wants is mac n cheese and chicken nuggets.. the childs mother supplies food but i end up making two meals..its straining making 2 meals and its straining trying to get the picky eater to eat my sstuff even though the veggies and things are hidden. She will take one look at it and sit there and refuse to eat..shede rather fall asleep at the table than open her mouth..how o i make that child eat what i make so my child wont eat crap?


Danielle - posted on 11/19/2010




I would ask the mother not to pack a lunch for her child. That way there is only one meal, and then your daughter will only have her meal as an option.
If she wants only mac n' cheese or chicken nuggets maybe try and put finely chopped steamed broccoli in with it, and instead of chicken fingers try breading strips of tofu and bake them instead.
I would tell the mother not to bring a lunch and compromise a new wage bases on you providing lunches and explain to the mother that it is hard to prepare meals for your daughter when she is so interested what her child it eating.


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Becky - posted on 12/11/2010




well it seems to have worked itself out.. i make one meal..and if she doesnt eat then she doesnt eat, her parents agreeed to that.. i watch there 6 month old son as well as her and my daughter so there is no down time try and get her to eat after lunch..thanks for all the great ideas ladies!!

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2010




I would consider having the mother NOT supply food. When the other mom is bringing the junk food into the house as the meal option it undermines what you are trying to do. You may want to consider supplying meals and taking part in state funded meal program opportunities or have the mom pay a little extra each week to compensate for the food.

Jodi - posted on 11/19/2010




Have you tried offering a treat for when she has finished her meal? That has always worked with my kids. When I am happy that they have eaten enough of their healthy meal, they get a small treat.

Becky - posted on 11/19/2010




ladies.. thanks for responding.. ive tried the whole sneak the food.. she spits it out in a second..and ive even had her help me make it..but when it comes time to eat she refuses..today i told the father that im not making two seperate meals for the kids anymore and everything and hes fine with it..i just feel bad that she wont eat at all...she sat there and fell asleep at the table refusing to eat a bite..i put the food on her fork and said one bite and she could get up and i would make something different for her and she refused..when i left the room she picked the food off the foork and smiled at me when i walked by as if saying she ate it..but i knew.. so she sat there till she fell asleep and when she woke up we tried it again..still nothing.. she finally took one bite when i left her inside and we all went outside on the swings..i kept an eye on her through the door...thanks for the advice ladies...this kid is tough...lol

Laura - posted on 11/19/2010




Good suggestion, Danielle. I would add a creative element to lunch: Make fun shapes and designs out of the food! You can get good and creative drawing "food" pictures or making "food" sculptures. You can even engage the kids in picking a theme or topic for lunch and even have them help make the artwork. Make lunch and food something fun--your charge may just try eating something new and not even know she's doing it. There are some neat books on "food" art that might help with inspiration. Check your library or local bookstore for these. Bon Apetite aand good luck!

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