| | Re: My 5 year old wont eat !!
I know how frustrating that can be, I have a picky eater too. For the first few years, my son seemed to survive on pasta, cucumbers & yogurt. Dinner time became very "unpleasant"! He would sit at the table and push his food around and complain about how much he didn't like it, then out of concern he wasn't getting enough nutrition, I would let him have a bowl of Cherrios before bed. Big Mistake!! My son was okay with that and was having Cherrios for dinner probably 4 times a week.
My husband thought that was crazy. He came from a family where the parents made you sit at the table and eat everything. I don't agree with that philosophy, especially since everyone on my husbands side of the family now have weight issues, but I agreed that my way of handling it wasn't good either.
So, we compromised. My son now knows that he will be served what we consider a healthy portion of food for an 8 year old. He has a choice whether to eat it or not. If he chooses not to eat, he gets NOTHING for the rest of the evening. If he does eat his dinner, he may choose a snack later. There were several nights, he went to bed saying he was "starving". Obviously, he wasn't.
This has been a long process, and he is still a picky eater, but he is getting better. I'm sure it's a maturity thing as well as just trying new foods. My son wouldn't eat meat for the longest time and now he actually likes it.
The bigggest thing for us is remaining consistent. If your child knows the rules can change, he will challenge you.
Another thing that helped with my son was the school. They study nutrition every year and are encourage to bring only healthy foods for snack time. This year they did the food pyramid and reading labels. Now he's constantly reading labels and makes a game out of it at dinner by quizing everyone at the table about the nutritional content of some item we have out such as the milk carton, cheese package, frozen vegis etc.
I hoped this helped some. One other thought. Some people are just going to be picky eaters. I have a 32 year old sister who was extrememly picky as a child, she hasn't gotten much better!