Fussy Eaters Fight Club: The Fail-Safe

Saturday 19 October 2013 by

#1 – The Fail-Safe

Welcome to the Fussy Eaters Fight Club, where I share my experiences of living with picky kids and how to cope with it all.

Feeding fussy kids is a thankless job. You put time and effort into making their meals tasty, interesting and appealing and they tell you it’s yucky without even picking up a fork. Sometimes they try and throw it at you for good measure.

It’s demoralising and suddenly you totally understand people who feed their kids at fast food joints three times a day – at least they’re eating.

The truth is, of course, that humans are clever and even the most stubborn child won’t starve themselves through instinct alone. But that’s oddly very little comfort when your two year old has refused to eat anything but bananas and breadsticks for two weeks and you feel like you are a terrible parent.

Luckily for me I have the bonus of not one, but two fussy eaters and they don’t even have the decency to like and dislike the same things. This means that I can end up making three different meals – one for Tori, one for Arthur and one for Caius and I – and that’s far too much like hard work for my liking.

Arthur still has the added joy of toddler fickleness and changes his mind about what he does and doesn’t like about four times a day too. This is probably the most infuriating fussy-eating habit of all, it even stretches so far as one day he decided he didn’t like cake anymore. Cake! This from the boy who once asked for cake on his breakfast toast.

There have been weeks when Tori has eaten nothing but cheese on toast for lunch AND dinner whilst Arthur just ate raisins and slices of ham but I have learned that sometimes it’s easier to give in. They will come around eventually, usually by asking to try what I have and discovering they like it, and it’s not worth the all-round stress and wasted food.

I am, however, a little bit bored of cooking the same old meals day in and day out now so I am making an effort to try and coax them into eating a few more things. I have bought two recipe books – one aimed at young kids and the other more specifically at fussy eaters – in the hope that I will find a few winning dishes that we can all enjoy together as a family.

Ella's Kitchen: The Cook Book, The Fussy Eaters' Recipe Book, Recipes, Kids, The Fussy Eaters Fight ClubThere is one meal that both Tori and Arthur have eaten without fail every time they are presented with it though. My fail-safe meal for the days when they are refusing everything under sun :

Breakfast Cereal.

Weetabix, Rice Krispies, Cheerios – any old combination topped off with cold milk.

It vanishes within minutes and they usually want seconds. There have been a few days where Arthur has had ‘breakfast’ for all three meals because it is all he would eat.

Cereal, Bowls, The Fussy Eaters Fight ClubIf all else fails, I know I can feed them cereal and be presented with empty bowls afterwards.

Next time on Feeding Fussy Eaters, I’ll be giving one recipe from each cookbook a try and will let you know how they go (and how easy they are to make!)

Until next time, good luck with your fussy eaters and remember:

The first rule of Fussy Eaters Fight Club is SHARE EVERYTHING THAT WORKS!

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