5yrd little girl.. refuses to eat any form of veggie or fruit.. a battle of wills ensues and guess who wins..
Lilly is so small for her age and we are worried that she is not getting the nutrition she needs because of her picky eating habits. I have tried everything.. from trying to let her help pick out what we are going to eat at the store, to just letting her get by on a daily vitamin. I have read some where and it always stuck with me that toddlers that are trying to assert their independence and own control over their lives will do so over their eating habits because they perceive that is the only thing they have any control of in their life. So I have let it go and not been one of those mom that says you will sit there till you eat at least 5 bites (as my mom did). But it has come to the point where she will not even try to taste something she thinks she doesn't like. Last night I made hamburgers and winter blend of cooked veggies. Just so happen Daddy is fed up with the way she has been acting towards her food and decided it was time to battle it out with her and ofcourse expects me to back him up. JUST ONE BITE is all we wanted. She refused to even put it in her mouth and did her patented mouth closed tighter than a bear trap act. Hubby doesn't seem to think we should let the kids have a say about what they eat, that they should be happy with what ever we serve them and this picky eating thing has gone on long enough... I agree but it is just sooooooooo hard.
She would rather take a spanking or go to bed hungry then eat what was given her. She has it in her head, and probably rightly so, that if she holds out long enough no matter what she will get her way and not have to eat the thing she is rejecting. Ofcourse, it has worked in the past, why wouldn't it work now, I can see her little mind working and remembering that is just how I used to be. Josh insisted she sit at the table until she either ate her veggies or fell asleep there and if she did fall asleep there the veggies should be sitting there waiting for her in the morning.
Like I said it was like out of a scene from that movie.. only this time it wasn't a blood almost raw stake but perfectly fine cooked mixed veggies. And like that movie the suborn, but justified little girl.. won out.
I didn't have the heart to let her sleep at the table as my husband wanted and after he went to bed and she was about to fall out I told her to get up and go to bed herself. I did put the veggies away and am planning on trying to get her to eat them at lunch time (maybe adding cheese to them) so I can say I tried again to get her to eat them.
I am worried over my Little Bea. I want her to form healthy eating habits and not have an eating distorter. Her doctor said she is fine and to just keep trying to give her foods even if she has rejected them, just keep introducing them to her and it is ok to give her a vitamin. But I don't want her to grow up with weird ideas about food and also that a pill is the answer to any problems she may have.
This just sucks. She is unique because all my other children eat what is given them except for maybe Annie who doesn't like sour cream or whipped cream in any form. Sophia was so sweet as she tried to encourage her big sister Lilly last night, "Lilly! They are good! Eat them! See, I am eating them" Ok maybe she wasn't being encouraging? LOL Maybe she was bragging? Still very cute.