The Picky Eater

July 25th, 2009

Whenever there’s a gathering involving children, and mealtime rolls around, there’s always “that kid.” The picky eater. You know who I’m talking about — the kid who will only eat cheese toast or refuses anything except french fries.

And I know you’ve joined me in secretly judging the parents. Why the heck are they letting their child get away with only eating macaroni and cheese three meals a day? Don’t they know anything about nutrition??

But, as with many things, that smug superiority that I had pre-motherhood is quickly vanishing. Now I get it. Last week, after feeding Miss Mouse her third meal of vanilla yogurt in a single day, it suddenly became clear exactly how you end up with “that kid.” When your beloved offspring is being picky, you’re just so happy that they’re eating anything at all that you are thrilled to feed them the same meal again and again and again.

Don’t want the nice lentils I made? Here’s some vanilla yogurt. Yum.

Not interested in the butternut squash risotto? More yogurt. Delicious!

You’d rather mash the soy nut butter and jelly sandwiches into your hair than eat them? Open up! Here comes the yogurt.

Fortunately, Miss Mouse usually eats really well. And when she is being snooty for some reason, I’ll mix the yogurt into the rejected food (chicken with leeks plus vanilla yogurt. Yum). At least then she’s getting the good stuff with the treat!

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