Got a picky eater? Want to avoid getting one in the future? The NYT has 6 mistakes that you may be making when it comes to feeding your kids. [NYT]


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  1. MercuryPDX says:

    My mom and I would engage in the “you’re not leaving the table until you eat that” stand-off.

    Fast forward 32 years…. the fact that I eat sushi would floor her.

    Kids will eventually get over it.

    • ShadowFalls says:

      These issues only go hand in hand with parents unwilling to discipline their child. I never had any issues eating food when I was growing up. The only time I wouldn’t eat something, is if I already tasted it, and disliked the taste.

      Sushi… is one of those things I just won’t eat… It is a just a simple fact that some people just are going to dislike foods, in some cases, it is an entire food group.

  2. nicemarmot617 says:

    I found this article mildly ridiculous. I was the pickiest eater in the world as a kid, my little brother ate everything, we were raised the same way. I’m still very picky – turns out I’m a supertaster, which really just means I have too many taste buds for my own good. Kids are individuals, you have to do what works for them. There’s no easy answers.

    • maztec says:

      @nicemarmot617: Supertaster – usually just notices the salt or bitter in flavors more. Sometimes a bit more on sweet. Focus on eating foods that have heavy aromas to counteract – and try smaller bites. Works great.

      Albeit, I have seen very few people who claim to be “Supertasters” actually be diagnosed with it – and have never found a reason to be diagnosed Supertaster. :

  3. My sister has it somewhat tough. Her 1.5 y/o son is allergic to a lot of foods: everything dairy, nuts, certain meats, and more. He eats a lot of soy stuff. I had no idea that they make “Allergen Free Soy Chocolate Chip Cookies.” But they do, and he loves them.

    It makes me wonder, when he grows up and (hopefully) grows out of his allergies, is he going to avoid these products like the plague? Or, since its mostly the only food he knows, is he going to embrace it?

    I’m going to make my parental decisions easy and just not have kids. :)

  4. TVarmy says:

    I was raised on bland foods, so I naturally wanted a more varied diet once I was old enough to cook. So, I developed a skill and a pallet.

  5. DigitalMariner says:

    Mistake number 7 in feeding your kids, as we learned earlier today, is don’t feed them on the display chairs at Babies R Us

    • PDX909 says:


      Good call-back on the B ‘r’ U story.. made me laugh.

      Our kid’s a little bit picky so we do encourage the ‘no thank-you bite’ just to see if once he’s tasted something he’ll go in for a second bite. One thing we found (or rather my wife found) was that limiting the choice to one of two things and making him choose was pretty successful. When it’s between fresh veggies, freeze dried veggies, or the thought of going hungry he’ll “choose wisely” most days. And when all else fails and you’re really desperate.. just a little ketchup goes a long way to making yuckky healthy food taste the way it ‘should’.

  6. Jonbo298 says:

    I wasn’t raised on eating the best of foods (health wise) and that habit carried over into my adult life and I ballooned once I moved out. Eventually I’ve been trying to break my food addiction and its going well, but if you let your kids eat what they want basically, it will be hard to break for a good amount. I learned the hard way.

  7. My husband never ate anything he didn’t want to growing up, and even today will NOT eat anything with fruit, vegetables, or fungus in it/near it, unless it’s broccoli or in highly processed form, and even then only veggies.

    I want to slap him a lot, since I came from a family that traveled a lot and tried everything. I’m picky too, but at least I’ve TRIED the things I blow off, and at least I don’t see nutrients as the enemy.

    • samurailynn says:

      @SpiderJerusalem: I never ate anything I didn’t like when I was a kid either. However, I loved tomatoes, broccoli, spinach… just about all fresh fruits and vegetables. I did hate peas. When I became an adult, I learned that I actually only hate canned peas. I love fresh peas.

      @ShadowFalls: I can understand the aversion to sushi. Once I got past the thought of eating raw meat though, I actually like the taste a lot better than cooked fish. I only like the darker fish though – salmon and tuna being my favorites.

  8. purplesun says:

    I always loved my mother’s reasoning. She always says, if we didn’t like something, she didn’t make us eat it because we could be mildly allergic (or sincerely not like it).

    We were always encouraged to give things a “great big Girl Scout try!”, which worked, more or less. Still, there were a lot of things that I couldn’t stand as a kid, which I’ve grown to love now that I’m an adult. I think it was largely because my mother didn’t force me to eat things I didn’t like, thus not forcing me to have permanent negative feelings about any food in particular.

    There was little pressure as far as eating correctly went, yet I survived, probably because my parents didn’t make a big deal about it. They just gave me good things to eat and ate good things themselves. It all worked out in the end.

    Sometimes, when I watch my friends with their kids, I get the feeling that, sometimes, they create problems where none would exist otherwise, simply because they read too many articles like the one above.

  9. papahoth says:

    My kids love pork rinds and coke so much, we try and let them have it everyday.

  10. papahoth says:

    Oh, and I always try and put foods on the table with a high amount of HFCS since they love that sweet taste.

  11. jedipunk says:

    from wikipedia

    In Japanese cuisine, sushi (寿司, 鮨, 鮓, sushi?) is vinegared rice, usually topped with other ingredients, including fish, various meats, and vegetables. Outside of Japan, sushi is sometimes misunderstood to mean the raw fish itself, or even any fresh raw-seafood dishes.[1] In Japan, sliced raw fish alone is called sashimi and is distinct from sushi, as sashimi is the raw fish component, not the rice component. The word sushi itself comes from an archaic grammatical form of a word that is no longer used in other contexts; literally, “sushi” means “it’s sour”.[2]

    There are various types of sushi: sushi served rolled inside nori (dried and pressed layer sheets of seaweed or alga) called makizushi (巻き) or rolls; sushi made with toppings laid with hand-formed clumps of rice called nigirizushi (にぎり); toppings stuffed into a small pouch of fried tofu called inarizushi; and toppings served scattered over a bowl of sushi rice called chirashi-zushi (ちらし).

  12. othium says:

    Growing up with four other siblings and both parents working full time made our family start a few practices that I really enjoyed. Each child was responsible for one meal during the weekdays. We chose what we wanted to make from a “master list” and were expected to prepare it after school. This way we got to have something we liked at least once a week. It also helped our parents. Not having to worry about making a meal when they came home after a long day was less stressful and we all enjoyed each other’s company at the table more. On weekends the family would all take part in a special meal and prepare it together. I really miss those days..