By amaze - 25/06/2019 02:30
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That kind of crap doesn’t fly in my house. Im not a short order cook. My kids will eat what I put on their plate or they can go hungry, for that meal. Stop letting your kid run the show and put your foot down. Who’s the parent, you or them?
If you’re starting out that aggressively and authoritarian on something that’s supposed to be fun and meaningful family time (in the crucial years of taste development that is), then good luck with their puberties and good luck with their abilities to talk about feelings or desires. Handling children’s eating like that teaches them that an opinion is something that will be sanctioned if it happens not to be yours. That’s the core ingredient to a lot of struggle when they grow older.
Yeah, my mom tried that too. I often slept at the table because I couldn't leave without finishing my meal, and I wouldn't. I often cried because I didnt like food I was forced to eat. I was also a pretty skinny kid because they couldn't force me to eat. Now we know its partially because of texture issues, and that I cant smell so my taste is wack. But, even if I didnt have those issues, everyone has different tastes. I understand it's hard and expensive to feed kids, but you should still take in to consideration what they like and encourage them to try new things in a healthy way. Being a dictator in their lives is going to make it hard to have a healthy relationship with them.
Picky eating is about more than people being disobedient. It's usually about the texture and/or flavour of the food, and most picky eaters don't have a choice about the foods they do and don't like. Forcing a picky eater to eat things they don't like is more likely to make them resentful or develop bad eating habits.
Selective Eating Disorder is a real thing. I can’t speak for OP but my daughter will literally starve if I gave her the option to eat my food or starve. Last I checked, starving a kid is neglect which is a form of child abuse. She’s just barely not underweight, I can’t let her go days without eating. I am a very good parent and she is the child, thank you very much.