How on earth do I get my terror 5year boy to eat his dinner!! arrrrrgggyhhhhhh

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My son Kane is 5, he loves his sausages and mashed potatoes, but when it comes to other meat, he will chew and chew and chew and chew but NOT sallow!! unfortunately i get really grumpy REAL blood quick.... he seems to be getting better with his vegies, but there are times where he won't eat anything thing, this has been happening since he was about 2 and he is now 5!!


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Sylvia - posted on 10/29/2009




At our house you can eat what Mommy made for dinner or you can make yourself a peanut-butter sandwich.

My daughter eats a lot of peanut-butter sandwiches, but I consider that an improvement over an hour of screaming followed by choking down a minuscule bite of carrot and then gagging on it and almost throwing up :P

Abby - posted on 10/29/2009




I have the same problem... my mom got me Jessica Seinfeilds cookbook Deceptively Delicious. You "hide" veggie purees into everyday foods. I just don't have time to do it.

Cathy - posted on 10/29/2009




i had that problem once with brocolli with cheese on it, he refused to eat it. so i kept saving it and told him that was what he was going to get until he ate. i told him that if he ate it and didn't like it i wouldn't make it anymore. 3 meals later he ate it. of course i was the worst person in the world but he ended up liking it. if he doesn't like eating some of the meats try mixing it with other foods like mac and cheese or flavored rice meals or noodles and than maybe he will come around and realize it's not that bad after all

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At our house we sometimes make a game of it like it will make you big and strong like daddy. But ultimately we say that if you don't eat then that is your choice but there will be nothing else to eat or drink (except water) for the rest of the night or until the next meal time. It took my supper picky step daughter about 3 days of not eating to start trying new foods and eating all of her dinner. My son it took 2 times of this for him to get it. He asked for something to eat later that night and we stuck with it and said no. the next night we had left overs and he ate it. The bigger deal you make out of eating the more resistance you will get from your son. Good luck.

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Try offering an incentive - like these carrots are going to make you SO STRONG! If the problem is swallowing - I've told my 5 year old that the longer it takes him to swallow, the longer the taste will stay in his mouth.

If you are worried about him getting protein, try different sources - cottage cheese, soya beans, peanut butter etc.

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2009




I would try to make a game of it...Or what I do sometimes when my son says that he's not hungry anymore (but he didn't really eat) I would tell him to eat 7 more bites cause he's 7. Or I would tell him to eat a bite for grandpa, then one for grandma and so on. It worked for my son and now he eats great. Sometimes to get him to eat pork, I would have to tell him it's chicken, but for the most part he eats good now.

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