My daughter’s almost two, and out of nowhere, she’s become a picky eater, which absolutely grates on me. She pushes away foods she’s eaten for months without taking even a single bite, and then she’s gesturing for the food she wants in its place (98% of the time it’s bread.)
So my husband and I are going to have to outlast her. She has to learn that she’s going to eat what we serve her (or at least try it before rejecting it.) That means no replacement foods: If she says no, she’ll just have to be hungry. She’s going to cave before we are. That’s my vow.
It feels mean, I’ll admit it. And she certainly howls like I’m the worst mommy in the whole world. And I’ll admit that bothers me, too: Not just her discomfort, but her being upset with me, specifically, for inflicting her discomfort.
So read on for the methods I’m employing to outlast her. Please write in with any comments (or to tell me I’m going about it all wrong, that’s good food for thought, too. This parenthood thing has an unending learning curve.)