Having a child who is a
fussy eater is more of a problem for the
parent than for the child himself. Fussy
eaters can often drive a mother to tears.
Watching a child eat a limited diet is
frustrating for a parent. However, in many
cases, the problem works itself out as the
child grows up.
One example, from the past, is of a little
girl born in the 1940s during World War II.
Probably entertaining fears regarding the
chaos in the world and not really knowing
much about it, she began to only eat a
limited diet. Loving peanut butter and
jelly, she wanted to subsist on this, as
this was her favorite food. Her mother was
so concerned that she sent the daughter away
to a special hospital for children to solve
the "problem." When the daughter returned,
she still did not like to eat a variety of
food, but had added roast beef and french
fries to her diet of peanut butter. The
doctor was called in; every time the child
was examined, she was healthy, except for
colds occasionally. In her teens, as her
older sister began taking an interest in
cooking, the young girl began to taste a
larger selection of foods and spices and
began including vegetables and eggs.
Today, that fussy eater loves eating out in
diverse ethnic restaurants, cooking a large
variety of creative dishes, and truly enjoys
fresh vegetables. The fussy eater morphed
into a woman who is still fussy, however;
she likes her food fresh, chemical-free and
healthy. Her mother's repeated words, "No
one will want to take you to a restaurant,"
are laughable, in fact.
Your little fussy eater may just be going
through a stage and expressing himself or
herself through their diet. Just as their
bodies change, children's taste changes as
they are exposed to the world and the
exciting sights, sounds, smells and tastes
that are out there waiting for exploration.
Cajoling, threatening, and other measures do
not work; they only instil confusion and
fear in a child already fearful of
adventuring into the world of enjoyable
eating. If the child is healthy, relax,
employ patience and humor while enjoying
your child for who they are. The fact that
children are always changing and growing is
reassuring to the parent of a fussy eater.
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our children’s
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
slightest doubt about any aspect of caring
for a child you are urged to seek qualified,
specialist advice from a professional
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