Picky Eaters and Frustrated Parents
Yesterday we noticed there was a call from little D’s school on our phone though no message was left. When I picked him up at the end of the day, I asked the teacher why they had called. Apparently, my son was not happy with his lunch. He did not like the corn and peas that we packed for him. I remembered he liked green and yellow combined before, but when I asked him, he reminded me it was edamame and corn, not peas and corn.
Well, given his dissatisfaction with the peas/corn combo, he would not eat anything and by 2 pm he was angry and tired and had a complete meltdown. After what the teacher called “a very long time”, he calmed down and they came up with a solution. He would have some of his grapes with crackers that the school had and a rice cake (I did not know that he liked rice cakes).
Last evening, we discussed lunch for today. This is what we ended up with:
Morning snack: Apple and rice crackers
Lunch: Mashed potatoes, raw carrots and raw cucumbers.
Afternoon snack: Pear
There a serious lack of protein and fat in this menu!! Well, I suppose the mashed and the crackers have some fat and there are trace amounts of protein in everything, but come on… I can’t keep feeding him like this.
I offered yogurt and berries (usually he likes this), and lemon loaf – both rejected.
I made sure he had a hearty breakfast, oatmeal with milk and then he wanted special K with milk too… He also had his multi-vitamin. We are having hamburgers for dinner… hopefully that will balance things out.
Then, there is Little C. He just won’t really eat at mealtimes. He’s still wanting milk in the morning and milk at bedtime (in a cup not a bottle), he’ll eat snacks of certain fruits, occasionally he eats rice or a bagel, and sometimes he’ll eat fish sticks and/or chicken, but I can’t predict this. He will not eat vegetables these days (aside from the occasional cucumber), and he loves anything cookie, cake, muffin-esque.
I have spoken to my family doc about this and she told me not to worry… but it’s just so frustrating. From day-to-day, I cannot plan meals for them because I have no idea what they will or will not eat.
I would love some suggestions from parents of other picky eaters!