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Picky Eater Billy May 2007 - 15 years old

Orange Mashed Potatoes and Green Corn

My son is the champion of picky eaters. I know you think your child is, but you’re wrong, it’s definitely my son. It started at birth when he refused to be breast fed, of course with my knockers he was probably afraid of being smothered, but none the less, he absolutely refused to participate in this most sacred Mommy ritual. Doctors continued to insist that given time he would get hungry enough to nurse. Wrong! After nearly 6 days and a loss of one pound, I gave in and gladly gave him a bottle.

The next battle began over what type of formula he would allow. SOY, nothing else. Then came the Cheerios and chick peas stage, followed by the Chicken Nuggets and French Fries stage which continues today after 17 years. Well meaning friends, family and even Doctors have insisted that withholding all food would lead to him accepting a variety of foods. NOT! Billy’s babysitter was studying child psychology and was certain she could get him to eat. After months of trying she finally gave up and instead wrote an A+ Paper about him for her deviant psychology class.

For the past 15 years, Billy has had Chicken and french fries every night for Dinner. He has never tried Pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers or pie. Macaroni and Cheese is of no interest to him. He could be starving and still not touch a carrot.

So what does this have to do with orange mashed potatoes and green corn? Being a bit on the quirky side myself, I decided to try giving my then 4 year old new foods in his favorite colors… Red and Blue. It might have worked if I hadn’t forgotten that blue food coloring plus yellow corn equals green and red food coloring plus yellow butter on potatoes equals orange. Orange and Green have never been Billy’s favorite colors. My ex-husband was not amused either. Chalk that one up to a failed weird Mommy moment.

I realize that Veggies and a variety of foods are the healthiest, but I can’t help but wonder, if maybe Billy knows what’s best for him. After all, he is now a 6’3″ very healthy young man who very rarely even gets a cold. And yes, his cholesterol is well within the healthy range too. Of course that could be because, he doesn’t drink soda, eat candy, pastries or pasta.

Do you have a “picky eater”?

Author: ParentingMaven

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