One of the reasons I began on this journey of living a healthier life, was so that I could set a good example for my son. However, my husband and I are currently raising a stubborn AND picky eater so my example setting has not been very effective.
Lucas will be the first in line to an all-you-can eat chicken nugget and hot dog buffet. I do have to give the kid some credit, as a banana or two gets sprinkled in among the nuggets every once in a while and he doesn’t like sugary fruit juices.
There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your kid eat nothing but processed empty calories. I take that back – I’m sure I’ll come across something new tomorrow that will become as equally if not more frustrating.
A few months ago, in an effort to feel like Mom of the year, I set forth guns a blazing determined to turn Lucas into an excellent eater. Have I mentioned before that he’s two and a half?
After reading countless articles and even a book, the most important thing I learned was… wait for it… are you ready? Lucas is two and a half! And I’m being way too hard on myself and putting too much pressure on my son. I’m already a forty-something working Mom trying to keep her head above water so why put all this extra pressure on myself to achieve ultimate Mom status and our family as a whole?
Lucas has always done things at his own pace and when we is ready and willing. The best advice I’ve received came just last week, something that I have not only read but have been told before, but finally sunk in – continue to expose him to new foods along with foods I know he’ll eat. He may not take a bite, but that’s OK. It’s all about the repetition of something new on his plate. Don’t make meal time stressful. Make meal time fun.
Take each day one at a time and celebrate the little milestones. Like when he does takes it upon himself to try something new. Like ketchup.