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Jackie Hyland: Food fight

Posted April 15, 2013

For more than 10 years, I have been fighting a losing battle. The battle to get my daughter to eat!

Don't get me wrong, she eats...but poorly. Truly I thought she would have grown out of being a picky eater by now.
Instead it is a struggle each and every day.

Everyone in my family knows about my daughter's fussy ways. When it comes to advice I have received it all over the years.

Everyone seems to have a suggestion for getting her to eat foods like meat and vegetables! Some have even gone so far as to blame me and my husband for her pickiness!

The thing is, she knows what she likes, and even though I have begged her to try new foods, she is reluctant. She would prefer to stick to vanilla ice cream and chicken nuggets!

It doesn't help that she also is allergic to certain foods ... like peanuts and all tree nuts!

Recently, I stumbled upon an article in the Huffington Post about picky eaters and a recent study on children with a fear of new foods. It seems there is a reason behind all this pickiness . heredity!

Now, I know I am not picky when it comes to food! It must be my husband's fault because he, too, is quite fussy when it comes to food.

So maybe I should stop this food fight and accept my daughter for who she is. Still just because I am her mom I will never stop encouraging her to try new things!!

After all, that is what life is all about!

Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly. Click here to follow her on Facebook.


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  • froggygirl Apr 16, 2013

    You're begging her to eat? Why? You're mom, and she should do what you say, in this case eating what's on her plate. My folks enforced this--no pickiness allowed.

  • snowl Apr 16, 2013

    Imo, there should be no rules when it comes to eating or not eating. Offer the meal, and then walk away. If it's still on the plate when you clean up, toss it in the trash without making any comment.
    It is not worth fighting about food and can actually do more harm than good.

  • alwaysab Apr 16, 2013

    msnfnp - we have the same rule in our house. Jackie not sure what to tell you other than just let nature takes its course. Our tastebuds seem to change as we get older and maybe hers will too.

  • msnfnp Apr 16, 2013

    We have a one bite rule in our house. My daughter must take at least 1 bite of anything offered for a meal.