- Picky eater hell
- April 7th, 20:20
Dd is 3 years old. Picky eater. Unless it's hot dogs, chicken nuggets, peanut butter and jelly, tater tots, macaroni and cheese, bread, yogurt and fruit (except for melons or kiwi which are also hated) she won't eat it. Period. She's now old enough to understand to eat something even if she doesn't like it. But she won't. Dinner every night unless it's one of the above items is a bitter battle with yelling, crying and time out. I am sick of making separate meals for her and at some point realize she needs to eat what the rest of the family is eating.
What we have been trying lately is put the food in front of her, offer a desert as bribery, which fails. Now we are trying the idea of if you don't eat it, you will go to bed hungry. We will put out dinner for you and after everyone else is done at the table, we will set the timer for 5 minutes. If the food isn't eaten, the food is taken away and that is it. Nothing else. It's easier for my husband to subscribe to this than me, I am a softie. When my daughter is in bed telling me her tummy hurts and she is hungry I want to get her food to eat but my husband is firm on it. I'm not sure if this is the way to go. I know she won't allow herself to starve, but pretty much every night this means she goes without dinner. I'm at a loss of what to do at this point.