Oh you guys. This dude. He's in a phase.
What? An "Oh my goodness he is SO super cute!" phase? Well, yes. That too. But also? He's doing this thing where he WILL. NOT. EAT.
Now wait, before you send me packing off to the pediatrician let me clarify: He snacks. He enjoys snarfing an entire banana on the couch while watching Sesame Street. He will eat Goldfish crackers hand over fist out of a baggie in his car seat. He loves Gogurt, cereal bars, string cheese, squeezy applesauce, waffles, and the occasional peanut butter and jelly. He will eat as much orange chicken or spaghetti and meatballs as you put in front of him (usually). He likes grapes, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and gnawing on (whole) apples. He chugs almond milk. He steals my potato chips and fizzy fruit juice and homeboy LURVES cheese pizza. He will eat a cut up hot dog after he's licked all the ketchup off his plate, he will usually eat dino chicken nuggets if he's hungry. He'll even bite the top off steamed broccoli! So? Manda! WHAT'S YO PROBLEM LADY?
Most nights? If it's on a plate and on the table he wants nothing to do with it. He won't sit in his booster seat because his sister no longer sits in one, and when we try to put him in one he gets so distressed that there's no point even TRYING to encourage him to eat. And yet, getting him to sit down and eat a meal is torture for all of us. Breakfast is a fun game of keep the 2-year-old off the couch with his waffle, if it's nice out we'll eat lunch outside and the dog steals half of it, and dinner? Oh my word I HATE DINNER.
I work to make a nice meal that will appeal to everyone. Sydney is a great eater and will usually eat most of what I put in front of her (she does, however, have trouble keeping her booty planted in her seat, which is a huge contributing factor to this issue). We've tried getting him a special plate with his PHOTO on it and Mater and Lightning McQueen! And special forks just for him! We've tried holding out on snacks so he'll eat with us at dinner. We've tried just letting him ignore dinner ... and learned the hard way (AT FOUR IN THE MORNING) that his empty tummy just wakes him up early and we are ALL punished for that. I've given in and gotten him a container of yogurt and some crackers instead of his dinner and he'll eat THAT ... which to me says that he is indeed hungry but there is some other AHEM STUBBORN issue going on, but it causes problems with his sister. Oh how I appreciate my Syd at times like this. She has always been a great eater, was always content to sit in her high chair or in her booster, always willing to try new things and always dependable when it came to food. This guy? Whoa is he a monkey wrench.
So, this is to say? HELP. How do you deal with dinner? How do you get your (little) kids to eat? This article was helpful to me but I think my son is still a little too young for this to work. What do you do? Do you make a separate kids' meal? Do you just serve up a tray full of snacks and wait for the phase to pass? Training obstinate children sure is fun!