I’ve always wanted to encourage good eating in my children and when Dexter started weaning he was amazing. But now we’re lucky if he finishes just half of his dinner.. Is fussy eating a phase? How do we get round it?
Dexter started weaning early on. He was 4 months old when he had his first taste of pureed carrot and by the age of 1 year, he was eating everything from bananas to beef stew to sweet potato to Sunday roast, to butternut squash to chicken risotto or ricotta and salmon pancakes.
I used to be one of the smug ones. When people complained about their fussy eaters I used to be so proud of how well he ate. His favourite meals were beef stew and roast dinners and he always finished them.
I judged you all when you said your child eats the same thing all day long because that’s all they would touch and you were just happy they were eating something! I’ve felt superior, watching you while your child was putting her hands in her spaghetti hoops and Dexter was eating everything on his own.. with a fork. I thought we were on to a winner when I wrote about buying him a knife to help with food prep at the age of 1. Turns out, Karma is a bitch!
I thought we had mastered it. We were doing everything right. We have tomatoes growing in the garden along with our herb wheel barrow. We used to have an allotment where we grew various things too so we’ve been teaching him about where food comes from. He comes with us when we do the food shopping and helps us find things and we even let him get involved in the cooking. But as soon as his plate is on the table he loses interest.
Where are we going wrong? This is so frustrating!
Yesterday we made mince beef hash. It’s a recipe from one of my old slimming world books. We went out to the garden and cut off a bit off parsley to use. I let him help me cut the onions, carrot, potatoes etc. He mixed the stock, measured things, stirred things and really enjoyed it. He even wanted to wash up afterwards, yet when it came to the eating, he wasn’t having any of it.
The same today, while Liam was at work, we made cheese scones, inspired by my friend Louise. Now, I know Dexter LOVES cheese because he steals it out of the fridge but he wouldn’t even try them once they were cooked. I even gave him ketchup but he just licked that and ignored the rest.
He surely cannot live on a diet of ham sandwiches and boiled eggs. He wont try fruit, he picks vegetables out of things. I just don’t know what else to do. We’ve tried reward charts, we grow food, he helps shop and cook.. What else is there? What am I missing?
How do we get out of what I can only hope is a phase? Aaarrrggghhhhhh!!! Send help please.. and whiskey!
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