Originally Posted by mamaverdi
I really wish that more people would understand how lucky they are and that their child's eating is a gift. Dealing with issues about food beyond minor "pickiness" from allergies, to eating disorders, to oral aversions, to hypoglycemia, to metabolic disease....there is a whole range of actual food problems that most people will never have to encounter (thank goodness) and will never realize how lucky they are that the only issue with their child's eating is the issue the parent makes of it.
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For those of you who are fortunate enough to not have to deal with any of the things mentioned by mamaverdi..... consider yourselves lucky. I bet most people on this thread don't even know how lucky they are to have children who *only* refuse to eat salad but happily eat their chicken, baked potato, etc. Or those who are lucky enough to have children who eat "mixed" foods (such as pizza with ACTUAL toppings, soup, pasta salad, spaghetti with meat and/or veggies in the sauce, a taco, hamburger, hot dog, etc), eggs, any sort of meat at all, I could go on and on and on.
How many of you threw a little party when your child ate a piece of cereal for the first time? Probably not many. You probably took it for granted that when that first tooth came in you could hand over a cheerio and he/she would happily munch away. But I had that party. Why? Because he was 4 1/2 years old and, up until that point, had NEVER eaten any cereal. Eating a piece of cereal was HUGE progress.
*Sigh*. I don't know why I come to threads like these.