dory wrote:My brother currently has a 7 year old child. His daughter is an incredibly picky eater. Basically she will eat pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and white and sweet potato fries. Not surprisingly these are the staple items on the "children's menus" that have sprung up in virtually every restaurant these days. Interestingly he says that all her friends at school are also picky eaters and will consume nothing but the items listed above, except-- and this is the big exception-- for sweet baked goods and candy. When I was a child if we didn't like what was on our plates we coukd have cereal and milk. Now my brother cooks a healthy meal for himself and his wife, and they buy pre-made chicken nuggets or pizza for their daughter. There is somethingnwrong with this picture.
Yes. They are training her to have a limited palette by not being a parent who insists that the child try something new and healthy AND delicious. They may have given in because they didn't want to fight the battle at mealtime. That is what my sister told me when I asked why she didn't insist that my niece and nephew eat the same food as we did. Now they are college age and my niece still eats a junky diet and suffers the consequences of that with blood sugar peaks and crashes, disrupted sleep cycle, etc. her body did not get the nutrients it really needed from early childhood on. This does have effects on their performance in school. So you can let them have their way, but I think you are not doing them a favor.
The problem with this is that when the child reaches young adulthood and goes off to school, they will eat the same junk
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