So, "preschool" age has passed, and the picky eating just keeps going.
Or your 1st child eats anything and everything and child #2's new picky eating baffles and frustrates you.
Your picky eater keeps dropping food they like, reducing options down to a precarious selection of next-to-nothing.
Your child lives on air, apparently.
You've finally decided that you'll allow them eat just about anything so long as they will *eat*!
You stick to your guns and hide broccoli in the chocolate cake-- but after 5 years the effort is just exhausting you.
They eat only white food. Still. And they are beginning middle school!
Whatever the reason you might have for peeking in on this thread, my long-time picky eater has made me see that I need a bit of extra support, commiseration and wisdom from other parents.
I might even have a few nuggets of knowledge myself to spare, but very few I assure you.
Right now, I mainly want to know where some of you make the decision just to add on the calories over strict nutrition. I'm not talking crap, but in my instance I will consider making dd's favorite homemade biscuits with white flour and butter because she eats a lot of them. I slather the butter on her toast (not homemade, one particular whole grain brand with no bits and I swear I nearly had a heart attack when they added wheat germ sprinkled on the top to make it look cool and nutritious and wheat nubbly bits to the loaf but oh thank heavens she didn't seem to notice.)
I live in land where, unless the huckleberries are on the bush, juice is her fruit (and Clif Bar Fruit Twisties) and I feel it's a victory when she eats a bite of broccoli once a week and a carrot wisp twice. I am in heaven when we get a juicy sweet apple and she eats a bunch. She did that once about 6 months ago, I think.
Any wisdom to bestow upon us?
Any questions you have?
Need to tell your story to someone who "gets" it?
Because oh boy do I ever need that right now. I thought this would end more than a year ago, and I now have a suspicion now we are in for a long ride on this one. None of the parents around me have kids who are as picky as this one and they look at me baffled like I'm being too nice, just make'm eat and they'll eat, and I think grrrrrrr! whatever! this is nothing like that I think you just got lucky.