A Message to Parents of Picky Eaters

May 23, 2012

Dear Parents of Picky Eaters,

I am sorry for your troubles. I know how sick and tired you are of...

  • making alternate meals like macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets or pizza because your picky eater won't eat the BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes and asparagus you made for the family.
  • avoiding restaurants you love like Indian, Thai and Sushi because your picky eater will not eat a thing on the menu.
  • putting on a Broadway show with all the singing, dancing and toys to get your picky eater to taste one little bite of steamed broccoli.
  • bringing food with you to your friend's homes since your picky eater will certainly eat nothing that they serve.
  • dealing with a complete behavioral meltdown at meal time when you attempt to serve something new to your picky eater.

Your life doesn't have to be like this. Your picky eater has all the power and you need to take the power back.

The truth of the matter is kids become picky because parents, out of love and concern, make them that way. You must take control of the situation with appropriate scheduling, meal preparation and behavioral guidelines and have an appreciation and understanding that missing meals and snacks is not harmful.

Feeding your child should be a pleasurable and fun experience. When it's stressful and sad, then it's time to get help.  There is help available to you this week...


Thinking of you,

Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC

Feeding Philosophies


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Comment by Michelle Mills on May 25, 2012 at 11:00am

She is SO right! I learned this the hard way with my first child and am still dealing with fall-out of deeply ingrained ways of thinking even after taking back control of mealtimes several months ago.


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