The Perils of Parenting: Getting Your Kids To Eat
I recently read a post about the difficulties of getting a child to break free of the baby bottle , and it made me think of my own experiences as a stay at home dad.
My son, the youngest of my 2 kids, was never an issue when it came to eating, as he seemed ready to chow down at birth. He was off the bottle and onto solid food at the earliest opportunity. The same could not be said for my daughter. While she was easy to wean from the bottle, her reluctance to eat on a regular schedule became a real concern.
There would be days where she would chow down voraciously, followed by stretches of days where the only things she would eat were her 3 favorite things: Cheerios, black olives, and McDonalds fries. I'll admit that there was more than one occasion when I made an emergency ride to Mickey D's to pick up fries for a child who I believed was starving herself to death.
It wasn't until I spoke to the family doctor that I realized I wasn't a horrible parent. She told me that my daughter was developing at a perfectly normal rate, and that her little eating peccadilloes were not that uncommon among little ones. She told me to get any food that I could into her, and that my little one would let me know when it wasn't enough. Sure enough, she broke out of the behavior pretty soon thereafter, although she still, at the age of 16, has a real affinity for black olives.
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