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Lynda Loveland: A boy and his food

Posted March 24, 2010 8:14 p.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2010 6:01 a.m. EDT

Lynda Loveland

Kids go through all kinds of phases with their food.

Their first year is fairly easy, milk and baby food. It can be messy, but in the grand scheme of things, easy. It starts to get a little tougher with the introduction of big kid food. But the fun of eating something more than mush is usually kind of exciting for them.

Then it gets difficult. They get picky. I don’t like that. Ewww yuck, I hate that! They may eat two helpings of lima beans at daycare but they sit down at the dinner table at home and it’s a different story.

My 3-year-old daughter Carys is at that stage. It’s a big ole pain in the rear, but she’ll outgrow it. My oldest daughter, 6-year-old Campbell, is a great eater. She’s very healthy, loves salads and fish. My son Caiden is pretty much the same. He’s almost 5 so he’ll eat most of what’s put in front of him. But I noticed he’s been going through a change in the last few months. He’s morphing into some sort of young caveman at the dinner table! The male eating gene is kicking in!!!

Holy moly this is something new to me!! Once upon a time he used to know what a utensil was. Now he hunches over his food, stuffing it in his mouth, hand over fist!! I’m not kidding. Food’s flying everywhere and if you get too close you might lose a digit!

When I tell him to use a fork, he just pushes as much food as he can on it and than uses the other hand to hold it all on until he gets it into his mouth. He finishes in half the time of the girls. He almost always cleans his plate. I’ve started putting more on his plate, a lot more. AND HE FINISHES THAT! I don’t think I can afford him as a teenager!!!

I feel for all you moms of multiple boys. We should start a food drive for you.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Go Ask Mom every Thursday.