These kind of threads depress me. Why people would choose to make food such a huge issue is beyond me.
If your kid is hungry, feed them. If they don't like what you've got, offer something else.
|I always enjoy reading how other people handle food - especially on this board where people eat so healthy.
You also have to consider who's responding to these threads. People who DO feed their kids chicken nuggets and Spaghetti-os (like me) usually don't respond, because if it's a competition of whose kids eat healthier, eat what they're told when they're told to eat it, me and my kids lose every time.
My one son has a severely restricted diet. We see a pediatric dietician, feeding therapist, etc. Here's what our experts say:
Offer three meals and three snacks a day. Don't comment on what's eaten and what's not, don't coerce, bribe, threaten, etc. Serve it and leave it out for a determined amount of time, then take it away.
When serving new foods, serve it the same way every time--ie, if noodles are the new food (my son does not eat noodles, hot dogs, sandwiches)--serve them the same way each time. So serve buttered noodles every time you serve noodles--don't try them with butter one day, cheese one day, sauce one day, etc. Be consistent.
If he doesn't eat at a certain meal, I make the snack something he likes and give him seconds.
The objective is to expand his palate and remove the stress around eating, not create more by attaching shame.