Grieving for Parents of Picky Eaters

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

  1.  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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Acceptance – Just have another peanut butter sandwich, Honey.

Thanks Meanest Mommy, you’ve nailed it!


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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9 Responses to Grieving for Parents of Picky Eaters

  1. Welcome to the club. My now 11 year old daughter became a picky eater at 3 and she stayed that way. As a baby she would eat anything then right before turning 4 she decided to just want to eat rice, I went through all the phases even took her to see a doctor but she just wouldn’t budge. today she eats more things than rice but is still a very picky eater. Good luck and hopefully yours really grow out of it!

  2. Haha! I have been through all of these stages. Many times.

  3. speaker7 says:

    Here is what my son eats: pancakes and french toast…oh, and syrup.

  4. Tony says:

    This actually answered my downside, thanks!

  5. To a certain extent, it is a natural process that probably kept earlier generations from killing themselves as they became mobile. And now it’s outlived its usefulness and continues on simply to drive parents insane.
    We indulged our older son for quite some time because he’d already had two health crises by this age that were related to low weight. He existed on french fries (sometimes several week old ones lurking under the car seat) and chicken nuggets for quite some time. He was at least five before we gave him what was on the plate and then wouldn’t feed him for the rest of the night. For the first week, we’d hang onto his plate for a few hours in case he changed his mind (he didn’t). Then we’d ask him once and then toss anything not eaten into the trash. Within a year, we went on a search for octopus sushi because his favorite manga character ate it, so our son did too. Even liked it.
    That said, my younger son is a picky eater, and he’s 13. About 5% of kids will continue to be picky – including going hungry – and will not give in, ever. There’s often a sensory issue going on or maybe a physical problem with swallowing or digestion. My younger son has Aspergers which comes with sensory issues built in. Though we’re lucky; I’ve met lots of mothers of Aspies whose kids eat five foods or less and are 13 or older.
    Now that I’ve left you with that frightening thought, I’ll be moving on. Best of luck.

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