Son is picky...don't know what to do...please help

Amy - posted on 12/31/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has just turned 7. He is so picky. I can't get him to try anything new. He completely flips out when we even suggest he eat something else or something new. I just don't know what to do.
He eats: pizza, nuggets and fries, waffles, pancakes, bacon, tacos with meat, cheese, sour cream, cheese quesadillas, pb&j, pb and honey, pb and Nutella, homemade chili in a hot dog bun, cereal, yogurt, cheese sticks, eggs, grits, mac and cheese, noodles with marinara sauce, noodles with alfredo (although the last two are only once in a long while)... The only fruit I can get him to knowingly eat are the GoGo Squeeze Organic Applesauces.
It is so frustrating. He will not eat any fruits or veggies. I think we have probably created this situation. It got to the point that it was easier to just let him eat what he would eat than to argue about it every night. He tells me he will eat good foods that are good for him when he gets older, like 10.
He stayed with my mom until he started school and she tended to humor him and his picky eating. When we talk about him trying new foods now he says, "I'm picky, I don't like to try good foods!"

I’m just not sure that forcing him to eat what we eat is going to work…
He says he would rather be hungry than eat what the rest of the family eats.

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Michelle - posted on 01/01/2014

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I have always cooked 1 meal and if they didn't eat it they went hungry. I also tell them that I won't make anything that will kill them (they are now 12, 10 & 4).
I also found that getting them involved in either choosing what to eat (out of 2 healthy options) and helping cook they wanted to eat it more.
I have a nephew that will only eat chicken nuggets and chips. They visited us for 2 weeks the other year and he wouldn't even eat a roast potato!!!!! His parents have always bowed to his "fussy" eating but he's now 14 and they are trying to get him to eat more but it's far too late.

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Mardi - posted on 01/01/2014

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Sorry to come across so harshly.

I had a deal with my kids that they at least tried everything on their plate, and always made sure there where things they did like on there to also fill them up.

Jessica Seinfeild wrote a recipe book that had all sorts of foods hidden in foods kids would eat, and they were very popular from my understanding. I had been hiding extra vegies in my kids meals for a long time by the time her book came out, but worth looking into for you, it may spark some ideas.

I found getting my kids interested in cooking improved thier variety in eating, because they would want to try something new. I hope you find a way to get your son into a healthier eating habbits, its hard

Amy - posted on 12/31/2013

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Yes as a matter of fact, he has gone to bed several times this past week with no dinner because I didn't cook anything extra or fix anything extra.

As for this:
Do you think your sons going to be any better to reason with at 10......get real, he is pulling the wool over your eyes and your walking blind. Wake up...

I was looking for suggestions not criticism. I am very aware that he isn't going to change by that time. I was just putting out there what he says. I was hoping to find someone on these boards who had maybe been in a similar situation and had a child with the same resistance to eating. He is stubborn, this I know. I am not sure how to get him to try new things. He absolutely resists anything we offer if it is not a familiar food that he already eats. I would love for him to be a free eater but it doesn't seem that he is willing to meet us half way at all. As soon as he sees us offering him something new, he will tighten his mouth up and we couldn't even feed him by force if we wanted too. He has gagged when offered new foods. I just want him to have a healthy diet...

Mardi - posted on 12/31/2013

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Have you tested out that last bit yet???? Cause I'm nearly willing to bet, he wouldn't go hungry, but he will kick up a stink (it has always worked in the past).

Maybe getting him interested in cooking/recipes etc, to increase his wilingness to eat better. As the parent, its part of your job to feed him right.....at his age, he isn't old enough to know better.

I knew of a family where the mother cooked 3 different meals for each 'meal' as such, she made a bed she could never get out of.

Do you think your sons going to be any better to reason with at 10......get real, he is pulling the wool over your eyes and your walking blind. Wake up and start dishing up the meals, like it or lump it, its good for you, so you should eat it. If you must have a back up, make it boring and at least semi healthy. Even something you can cook in bulk to last a few days, that way, he isn't taking up more of your time in the kitchen for an individual meal.

You can do it, he is only 7. They do go in and out of flavour with foods as their tastebuds grow and develope, but that doesn't mean everything healthy goes out the window.

One way may be to start the new year with a new wholistic outlook, healthy eating and exercise etc, and do it as a family......

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