I am beginning to dread mealtime at our home because of my finicky 9 year old who eats hardly anything. If it isn't some type of fried chicken, pasta, mac/cheese, tacos or pizza, he doesn't like it. The only veggie he eats is carrots so he literally eats raw carrots every day.
We've tried the whole "you're gonna eat what I fix or go hungry" and the "if you don't like what I make, fix it yourself" plan and neither have worked.
I’m at a loss.I know in 10 years it won't matter because he'll be on his own, but it's really starting to get to me.
OK - you guys are great at this, so help this mom out. What are your suggestions to her? (This time, I’ll post my reply to her as an edit tomorrow.)
All you commentors had great suggestions. Thanks! I knew you would.
Here is my reply (taken from 2 separate e-mails)
I know a little about a finicky eater. I have one and now he is 16. We still ask him to eat a small portion of good foods, even if he doesn't like them...or at least one bite. His eating has improved a bit over the years, but food just isn't important to him. He could just as soon NOT eat as eat. And often he just doesn't. (I think he could fast for a week and it wouldn’t even bother him.)
Pray a lot! Hang in there with him, appeal to him about his health, require small bites of everything and have LOTS of carrots on hand! LOL
Know that he is who he is....(and all this time I thought we could shape and mold our kids into our likeness!..hahaha)
He's a great kid, given to a wonderful family, who is going to do mighty things for the Kingdom.
Food? Keep feeding him the Word....the rest will take care of itself!
Does that help at all? I do understand your pain. Man! This parenting stuff is hard sometimes!
Love you, friend!