Lately we’ve had some food issues with the kids. Normally, and I’m going to brag here, they are champion eaters who will try most foods and have a huge selection of items that they love to eat. They’re big on veggies and fruits and oddly, don’t seem to like hamburgers all that much. It really has felt like a bit of a grieving process the past few weeks although I’m clearly in the denial phase, because my champion eaters are on the verge of returning. I just know it!
But in the meantime, the Meanest Mommy in the Whole Wide World has done a fabulous job of outlining the 5 Steps of Grieving for the Parents of Picky Eaters.
5 Steps of Grieving for the Parents of Picky Eaters
- Denial – This is no big deal. It’s just a phase. I’m sure you’ll be hungrier tomorrow. If I keep putting healthy food on your plate, you’ll eat it.
- Anger – Why me? This isn’t fair!!! Are you freaking kidding me? You liked this exact same thing last week. I worked really hard on this healthy meal, and YOU ARE GOING TO EAT IT!!!
- Bargaining – Just try it. I’m begging you. If you try the green beans, you can have some dessert. What about the pasta? If you eat your pasta, you can have a sticker on your sticker chart. And a tootsie roll.
- Depression – Why do I even bother making meals for you people? Cooking for this family is the hardest job in the world. I think I’m going to cry again.
- Acceptance – Just have another peanut butter sandwich, Honey.
Thanks Meanest Mommy, you’ve nailed it!