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My kid is the worst picky eater don’t @ me

She literally hates eating.

I get it. I know picky kids. I’ve lived for 9 years with the worst picky eater.

I’m honestly not here to compete. I’m here to commiserate.

Here to tell all those people whose kids eat like only 20 foods.

MY KID EATS 5 FOODS. 5. That’s it.

Oh you should cook with her. She’ll eat what she cooks.

Yeah, no.

She cooks, even cooks by herself. She makes her own (actually delicious) recipes. And, she even tastes every freaking bite like she’s being judged on the Food Network, but she doesn’t EAT IT IN THE END. It is made AND PLATED and tasty and beautiful. But, SHE DOESN’T EAT IT.

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Some classics from the pickiest

“I only want the liquid from the chunky salsa.”

“Round pizzas are right. Square pizzas are wrong.”

“I want you to buy raisins. Well, I won’t eat them, but I just like that people could have them.”

“Nope, I can’t eat this strawberry. The inside has too much white.”

“I only drink orange juice if it’s from Mexico.”

“I have to eat two cookies before I can eat anything for the day. And they have to be soft-baked. By Keebler. Home-made? NEVER.”

“The best late night snack is pepperoni. But only turkey pepperoni, but only Hormel pepperoni.”

Remembering she has said these makes me laugh a little bit, but when it happens, It’s so hard

I’ve cried. Been angry.

Felt hopeless and frustrated.

I remind myself that we have privilege and we are lucky that she has so many choices.

But, in the every day, it just feels hopeless and overwhelming. It feels like I’m not giving her what she needs. It feels like I’m a bad mom.

It’s especially hard listening to everyone else tell me what to do.

I don’t even want to hear your advice, bc I’ve heard it and I’ve tried it and tried again and again…

Try foods in front of her. If you eat it, she will try it.

Give her the option. Don’t give her the option

Keep giving it to her. Stop giving it and wait.

Force it, make her eat it. Don’t force it, eventually she’ll try.

Give her a variety. Make it simple.

Honestly, there’s no right answer and no right way.

Truth be told. This is the only thing I’ve found that works every time.

Nothing.

Nothing works for my girl every time. Just when I think she likes something, or when I think I can expand the variety of food she eats, it stops.

So, I quit trying for it all to work every time.

Sometimes I try to feed her brand new things.

Once in a while I try to have her cook.

I try buying all her favorites (and sneak in some non-favorites) and see what she’ll eat.

And sometimes I just cook and she has to have it.

It’s all sometimes. Nothing works every single time.

She eats, she’s growing, she’s healthy.

I legit try and then give myself a break because in the end, that the best I can do.

Remember you’re doing a great job

There is no being perfect. There is no right way to do things. Do the best you can with what you’ve got. Make sure you’re learning as you go and give yourself a break when you need it. Keep loving your kids, you keep attending to it, and that’s all anyone can ever ask of a mom. You are doing a LEGIT great job MOM. Keep it up!

What is the craziest thing that your picky eater has done?

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