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Near-daily, I try to convince myself that my daughter is not a tyrant, she is just a toddler. I’ve never parented a toddler before, so I have difficulty in knowing whether this is true or not. But as we wade through the challenges I have to think it’s normal and not that I should be preparing for 17 more years of extreme strong will and tantrums.
One of the biggest issues we have is food. When Libbie was starting solids, she would eat just about anything—green beans, peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon, apricots, mango, sweet potatoes—no fruit or vegetable was safe from her eager mouth. Then, as we tried to start some other foods, Libbie began showing preference–also known as, she would not open her stubborn little mouth for anything she didn’t want.
Gradually, Libbie began to detest all foods, until she would pretty much only eat bread, bananas, applesauce, and cheese. Fun, huh? I felt like I needed to buy stock in Chiquita and Kraft.
Every once in awhile, we’d have a break-through. She’d eat tortellini and chicken sausage with gusto, and I’d feel hopeful that soon she’d eat anything! Everything! Brussels sprouts! Caprese salad! I get a little carried away.
I am of the firm opinion that we shouldn’t have to cook different meals for our kids. So I keep trying. I put in front of her whatever we’re eating for dinner. Some days she won’t even try it. (That’s what infuriates me. I would be OK if she didn’t like it, but not trying it…grrrr.) Some days she’ll eat off a plate or only with a spoon. Some days she’ll eat from her daddy’s plate but not from mine.
I don’t mind not being scheduled or orderly, but this going back-and-forth, no predictable eating pattern whatsoever drives me MAD!!
A couple weeks ago I thought we were making good progress. She was sampling much of what we ate and liking it! And then, a week ago, it seemed like we were back to square one. Only with no bananas.
Please tell me, is this normal? And do you have any suggestions for making sure she eats something nutritious every once in awhile?
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