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Old 10-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #20
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Re: Picky Eater- am I being too hard on her?

Dd (6) is also picky about food being mixed together. We have no problem simply plating her food first if things can be easily separated. Last night, for example, we had fettucini with broccoli and chicken. She had her three items separately, and then we mixed the broccoli and chicken into the fettucini before serving ourselves. If it's something like stir-fry that can't be easily separated, she just gets it as we get it.

We are happy to let her get an extra piece of fruit, a yogurt, or a slice of whole grain bread if she doesn't like what's being served; I don't want her to go to bed hungry. However, she is pretty good about trying stuff. There are a lot of things she doesn't like, but if she's willing to taste it, that seems sufficient to me. I had a LOT of food aversions as a kid, and I know how horrible it is to try to choke down something that is literally making you gag.

Particularly with a girl, we also want to be very cautious about not turning food choices into a battle.
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