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Old 08-05-2010, 12:48 PM   #46
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I have one child (12) who will eat anything and everything, and since hitting puberty lots of that anything and everything!

I also have one child (4) who will eat nothing! Rolls (not bread, just rolls), chicken (but only the white meat), macaroni (must be penne pasta shaped). And must have ketchup on EVERYTHING!

These kids have two completely different eating preferences. This is not because I made them this way, it is just the way they are!

I am also just curious--OP, have you even ever looked at or ordered from the children's menu at WDW? There are a lot of things on there to choose from.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:51 PM   #47
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It bothers me so much. DD is young but even now I'm trying to introduce her to new textures and taste. She loves water already. I just hate that because some people have allowed their kids to be horrible eaters those of us who want to instill good diets in their kids have no choice but to buy adult meals.
Have more kids, come back and talk about picky eating kids. I had one brother,one sister ,growing up I was very picky but my siblings would eat anything that was offered. Same parenting style but children have their own choices.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:54 PM   #48
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I actually haven't - but if you have a recipe - I would love it (for her AND me!) LOL.

She actually likes many veggies, I was just kinda making a point (we have gone through the - only carrots and broccoli stage once in awhile.

She actually eats many more veggies than I did as a kid (she'll ask for third and fourth helpings of spinach salad for example.) And she is bananas about asparagus.

Tomatoes and mushrooms - not so much (doesn't even like pizza sauce - who's kid it this???). Red peppers are an on and off type of thing with her. I keep getting her to try it at least weekly, but she usually just spits it out - I think tomatos are a texture thing for her.

I'm so lucky she goes to an independant school and in PreK they served lunch and it was all extremely healthy and varied. (everything from tofu, almond butter, spinach, quinoa, some vegetarian meals and so on....) The school also has a big policy on no sweets for snacks. (We send her own food starting this year.) Woo hoo!!! Her school goes right up to grade 12.

They don't do "pizza" or "hotdog" days. Younger grades are even limited to $1 for bake sales and they are allowed to buy 1 item only that they have to take home. Makes our life SO much easier!!!

Anyways... I continue to digress! LOL.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:55 PM   #49
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I can see that you have an infant at home who I assume is still either nursing or having bottles with solid foods being introduced. I certainly hope she is an adventurous eater so you won't know the struggles that us parents of picky eaters have.

I know the question wasn't directed at me, but I can tell you, as a parent of a very picky eater, it certainly isn't something "I allowed" and I hope you are aware that many parents try and try and keep trying to introduce new foods to their children, and that we're not all lazy about what we feed our kids. ... Between dr's appointments and conferences at school, we know DS has a slight sensory issue and certain textures bother him. ...So it really isn't a choice of ours that his meals are so limited and repetitive and there are a lot of parents with years of parenting experience that work hard everyday to feed their picky eaters as best as they possibly can. Nobody wants their kids to be overweight and unhealthy.
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But, I think that the preaching style of many in this discussion to "us lazy parents of the so-called picky eaters" is inappropriate because for all you know, we're working harder to find healthy options for our kids than the parents whose kids will eat anything.

As the parent of a SPD child, thank you for stating this.

When DD was a baby/toddler, I was determined she would be a healthy and adventurous eater. And in the beginning, I was successful. When I began introducing table food, she ate grilled chicken. She'd scarf down 3 helpings of lima beans. She would eat 3/4 of an entire baked sweet potato. Things that a lot of kids wouldn't touch, she would eat. I was so proud of myself and my "excellent parenting."

But then slowly, food by food, she stopped eating these things. She stopped eating even the no-so-healthy favorite foods of hers, like mac and cheese. I was stumped. I was frustrated. She was always on the small side, at the bottom of the percentiles, but then she completely fell off the charts. Her pediatrician was no help. He was of the opinion "just put the food in front of her and she'll eat when she gets hungry enough." But she wouldn't. There were days when one spoonful of Cheerios and a couple cups of milk were all she would take in. I didn't give her juice and I was limiting her milk to try to get her to eat food. She was losing weight that she didn't have to lose.

I switched to a new pediatrician and took it upon myself to contact behavioral specialists. What happened over the next 3 years was frustrating journey into an alphabet soup of diagnoses. Her food issues were just one symptom of much larger problems. DD is now 6, and it still wasn't until about 15 months ago that a nurse practioner finally picked up on the fact that the food issues were related to sensory problems. And in that 15 months since, DD has now at least quadrupled her list of foods she will eat.

So my point is, I learned an important lesson. You cannot make judgements on other people's parenting skills because you have not walked in their shoes. Sometimes "picky eaters" are not that way because of poor parenting. And it's best not to pat yourself on your back for being such a superior parent because you never know if or when you will be faced with a situation you weren't planning on.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:05 PM   #50
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As the parent of a SPD child, thank you for stating this.
You're welcome. It's very frustrating to know how hard you work to feed your child right, to then have complete strangers without a clue making quick judgements about your parenting.

I'm glad you finally have made some progress with your daughter. DS is 4 and I am hoping that someday he'll chew a vegetable (other than a cucumber) and swallow it (or an apple, or a grape )
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http://www.grouprecipes.com/46030/sw...eet-chips.html

i just googled this recipe after i'd seen someone talk about making them. totally yummy! I like the sweet and salty thing, though.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:18 PM   #52
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[QUOTE=Duckiedee;37691864]I actually haven't - but if you have a recipe - I would love it (for her AND me!) LOL.

She actually likes many veggies, I was just kinda making a point (we have gone through the - only carrots and broccoli stage once in awhile.

She actually eats many more veggies than I did as a kid (she'll ask for third and fourth helpings of spinach salad for example.) And she is bananas about asparagus.

Tomatoes and mushrooms - not so much (doesn't even like pizza sauce - who's kid it this???). Red peppers are an on and off type of thing with her. I keep getting her to try it at least weekly, but she usually just spits it out - I think tomatos are a texture thing for her.
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Your DD sounds just like mine. she loves most veggies and fruits and the ones she does not like are the same as your. Tomatos are a big no even though we grow them and she loves to pick them. she always spits them out. On the other hand the only meat she will eat is chicken amd some times pork. We try fish and steak but she won't, I just keep trying without pushing. I just dont' give in and let her eat anything. I just ensure that for dinner there is always something she will eat and this was after conversation with her doctor. On the other hand my 7 month old seems to be a picking eater already. We keep introducing new veggies and she gags, spits the food out it will be interesting as she gets older. I am not doing anything different that what I did with my first.
That said most of us try to do what is right but sometimes the kids have a mind of their own. I do wish that Disney had better items at the counter services for kids. I always get the grapes and/or carrots sticks and she eats these first and for snacks we will get the fruit at the snack stands. There are options but you do need to look for it.
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Thank you for the recipe!!
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:43 PM   #54
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As the parent of a SPD child, thank you for stating this.

When DD was a baby/toddler, I was determined she would be a healthy and adventurous eater. And in the beginning, I was successful. When I began introducing table food, she ate grilled chicken. She'd scarf down 3 helpings of lima beans. She would eat 3/4 of an entire baked sweet potato. Things that a lot of kids wouldn't touch, she would eat. I was so proud of myself and my "excellent parenting."

But then slowly, food by food, she stopped eating these things. She stopped eating even the no-so-healthy favorite foods of hers, like mac and cheese. I was stumped. I was frustrated. She was always on the small side, at the bottom of the percentiles, but then she completely fell off the charts. Her pediatrician was no help. He was of the opinion "just put the food in front of her and she'll eat when she gets hungry enough." But she wouldn't. There were days when one spoonful of Cheerios and a couple cups of milk were all she would take in. I didn't give her juice and I was limiting her milk to try to get her to eat food. She was losing weight that she didn't have to lose.

I switched to a new pediatrician and took it upon myself to contact behavioral specialists. What happened over the next 3 years was frustrating journey into an alphabet soup of diagnoses. Her food issues were just one symptom of much larger problems. DD is now 6, and it still wasn't until about 15 months ago that a nurse practioner finally picked up on the fact that the food issues were related to sensory problems. And in that 15 months since, DD has now at least quadrupled her list of foods she will eat.

So my point is, I learned an important lesson. You cannot make judgements on other people's parenting skills because you have not walked in their shoes. Sometimes "picky eaters" are not that way because of poor parenting. And it's best not to pat yourself on your back for being such a superior parent because you never know if or when you will be faced with a situation you weren't planning on.
Thanks for your story. My daughter is 4yrs old. She's as picky as they come. She doesn't like meat. Lives off of dairy. And occassionally eats vegetables. But she only eats certain foods. I am pretty sure she has a sensory issue (even if it's slight). She's way on the low end of the charts for weight. I am wondering if I should contact some docs about it. Her pediatrician gave me some names of pedi pyschologists. I just ahven't made the appt yet.

It's good to hear your LO is eating more now!
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Thanks for your story. My daughter is 4yrs old. She's as picky as they come. She doesn't like meat. Lives off of dairy. And occassionally eats vegetables. But she only eats certain foods. I am pretty sure she has a sensory issue (even if it's slight). She's way on the low end of the charts for weight. I am wondering if I should contact some docs about it. Her pediatrician gave me some names of pedi pyschologists. I just ahven't made the appt yet.

It's good to hear your LO is eating more now!
Take the advise of a Mom with a kid with Dyspraxia and high-functioning Asperger's (by the way, she's not the picky eater of the family), CALL TODAY! Also, I would go see a pediatric neurologist first and then let them refer you to a pediatric psychologist, if needed. I let too many well meaning people, including my pediatrician, tell me "wait a while, she'll grow out of it." She didn't and we are kicking ourselves now.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:58 PM   #56
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So you have one child, under the age of one? Why don't you come back after you have a few more kids and little more experience under your belt before you judge some others on here so harshly.

I have 4 kids who have all been raised by the same two parents, in the same household, with the same rules. I have two kids who will pretty much eat anything you put in front of them, 1 that will try some new things, but not too adventurous and 1 child who is about as picky as they come. All kids are different and I've learned in my 14 years of parenting that some battles just aren't worth fighting. As my pediatritian told me, "she will eat when she's hungry and she will try new things when she feels like it. As long as she is heathy and is growing, don't worry about it." And you know what, I don't!
I'm a one child type of person. I cant even imagine paying for college for more than one child let alone keeping my personal lifestyle. I work with kids and have for 10 years so while i might not have a lot of kids , i do at the same time. This summer I watched kids turn away healthy choices for lunch at the camp i work at. When i was asked to speak to parents/nannies i was told yeah he's a picky eater. Wanting junk food isn't being picky and the fact that most kid menus only supply junk is disturbing. Not just WDW, everywhere.
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I agree - it is really unacceptable that 'crap' is the only thing on most children's menus now. And it's always the same old crap. DD is loves trying new foods.

At Disneyworld her and I would usually share my meal - or I'd use mine to round her's out more. We often used her QS credits later to buy things that we'd snack on as a family later, or things she could snack on in the parks. Like the PB&J at Pop.

I love Red Robin and Claim Jumper. Both offer several fruit and veggie side choices on their kid's menu.
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Thanks for your story. My daughter is 4yrs old. She's as picky as they come. She doesn't like meat. Lives off of dairy. And occassionally eats vegetables. But she only eats certain foods. I am pretty sure she has a sensory issue (even if it's slight). She's way on the low end of the charts for weight. I am wondering if I should contact some docs about it. Her pediatrician gave me some names of pedi pyschologists. I just ahven't made the appt yet.

It's good to hear your LO is eating more now!
Meat was the very first thing DD stopped eating. Beef went first, followed by pork, turkey, and chicken. The only vegetable DD has kept eating the whole time is green beans, but they have to be fresh and steamed until just a little tender. If they are cooked too long, forget it.

If her pediatrician gave you names of child psychologists, then I'd highly recommend you contact them. And don't wait to call because some child psychologists have long waiting lists. There's no harm in talking to them. Either they will talk to you, evaluate your DD, and tell you nothing is wrong, or they will be able to help. There's no downside in making an appointment.
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Also I'm not judging the parenting. It is your kid do what you want. What I am judging/questioning is how did these foods become "The Kid Menu" Like i said when i grew up if i didn't finish my vegetables i wasn't allowed to leave the table and if i didn't like what was for dinner it was pbj. Obviously everyone has favorites as well as things the don't like. This has nothing to do with kids with "sensory" issues.
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When did the Kids Menu become such a let down. It's all High carb/bad food! Everything seems to be glorified Pizza and chicken fingers mainly. UGH! This frustrates me I understand people have "picky" eaters but what about those who aren't? Kids who want to try items on the adult menu but just need a smaller portion. When did the kids menu become the crap fried food menu?
According to your ticker your vacation is five years from now. I'm sure the children's menus won't be exactly the same by then, and there are CS restaurants that already have healthier kids options. Are you really concerned about feeding your daughter lunch five years from now or are you just trying to brag about how great a mom you are?
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