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Old 06-29-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
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When my elder son was that age he refused to eat almost anything. It was a "power" thing with him, as was almost everything. He eventually grew out of it but it was a real trial while it was going on (several years.) It would take him 45 minutes to eat 1/2 a sandwich. And then he only ate it if forced to by consequences he couldn't take, like no games or no dessert or whatever was his hearts desire at the time. He did not starve, in fact 35 years later he is a very adventuresome eater and has become a good cook too. If only my dh and dd would take a page from his book. This too shall pass...slowly.

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:00 AM   #12
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Some people are and will always be picky, but if you offer a variety of healthy foods at all meals, they will choose something to eat. My husband is picky, and others seem to worry about it. Not me, I just fix it all and he eats what he wants. He even ate pineapple on a kabob with teriyaki chicken the other day, and he is someone who NEVER eats fruit or veggies. You just never know when they will take the plunge!

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:27 PM   #13
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Celery sticks are crunchy, bell pepper strips are crunchy, carrots are crunchy. Broccoli is crunchy.
I agree with Bob and others, kids are not going to starve, although they have the ability to make you think they will.

OTOH, everyone has something they do not like. A little compromise on the things a kid truly hates seems to work. The child gets to make some decisions, at the same time learning to try new things.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:31 PM   #14
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I would check some raw food recipes. They can be pretty good and prepared to look appetizing. One thing my daughter loves is cauliflour rice. Basically, all you do is put cauliflour in a food processor and chop it up until it is about as big as rice. They can use a spoon and crunch it all up.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:40 PM   #15
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Uncle Bob echos my sentiments as well. That's what I did.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:59 PM   #16
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I had little patience with picky eaters while raising my children, and now, they are well adjusted adults with no food hangups.

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