A Picky Eater Diversion and $20 Amazon Giveaway

Hey there lovelies!! Today we have a special guest post from our girl, Steph of A Time for Seasons. She’s a banner ad sponsor on Truly Lovely this month! Today she’s talking about overcoming the dreaded picky eater! She’s also sharing a $20 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!!! Take it away Steph!!!

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I am very blessed that I have never had a super picky eater. All 3 of my kids never turned down much food. Yea, my youngest, Little Lady (17 months), doesn’t care for raw broccoli, but that’s an intense texture and taste, so we will just try again later.  

 
I credit most of that to one of our household rules: “You eat what is fixed or you do without… Mom is not a short-order cook!“. Now like I said, my kids haven’t been SUPER picky eaters so this rule worked for us. There have never been any nutritional issues or worries, and I think Rosey Posey (now 11yr) is the only one who was stubborn enough to skip a meal. She only did it once and was happy when dinner time came after refusing lunch. There have been plenty of meals where someone didn’t like the food and was the last one to finish due to the procrastination of eating, but no one has ever really gone hungry.

When doing my meal planning I try to take into consideration the family’s preferences. Bubee (5 years) does not like spicy food. Since I don’t like it and Little Lady doesn’t need it, I really try to stay away from spicy food. Rosey Posey doesn’t like tomato soup, so the only time there is tomato soup is when I’m fixing grilled cheese. That way she still has something to eat.  I also love to get everyone’s feedback on dishes. When I fix something new I like to hear what they think, this way I can plan for next time.
 

 
My only boy, Bubee, eats ALL the time. Our family joke is we are not saving for college, we are saving for a food fund for his teen years. He is the youngest in his class (July Birthday) and the tallest. One of our doctors estimates he will be about 6’8″ when he’s full grown, so you can imagine what kind of food it takes to fuel that kind of growth. I keep a large supply of healthy snacks in the house.

About a month ago Bubee started not wanting ANYTHING I fixed for dinner. I was blind-sided! Getting him to eat was a battle every night and there were many times that 30 min after everyone else was done he was still staring at his plateful. He would always finish his dinner… eventually, but I was getting tired of the struggle.

Then one day while meal planning I had an idea: Let him plan the meals, then there was no way he could refuse to eat! Great idea, but I didn’t want pizza every night, so a compromise: If he eats his dinner each night without complaining, then once a week he gets to pick ANY normal meal for dinner (This way he can’t pick Ice Cream Sundaes or something like that). We chose Tuesday nights since that’s what works with our schedule.

I do all my grocery shopping on Mondays. So now, every Monday he ‘places his order’ for Tuesday nights. This keeps him from changing his mind 5 min before dinner and gives me enough time to plan and prepare. I have been so pleasantly surprised! Of course the first week he wanted pizza, so to make it fun we made a Snowman Pizza. After that it has been nice. One week he asked for breakfast for dinner; This means eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy. Another week he wanted fish.

It has been so wonderful! And through out the week usually a quick reminder of his Tuesday night privilege and he’s more than happy to finish dinner. Some nights, if he’s not thrilled with dinner, he will talk about his plans for that upcoming Tuesday night; but he always finishes his dinner now with minimal conflict!

It has been so successful that Thursday nights Rosey Posey gets to pick dinner. I like it because that’s two less dinners I have to plan each week. And with Rosey Posey being 11, some weeks she not only plans dinner, but prepares it too. This has been a great tool in teaching her some household management skills.

 
So now, dinner time has once again become a peaceful family gathering at the dinner table with plenty of joy, peace and love!
 

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Steph Seibert is the WAH, homeschooling, mother of 3. After several years of missing seasonal activities, her family started making seasonal ‘bucket lists’. She posts about these adventures, crafts, DIYs, recipes and more at A Time for Seasons in hopes of helping other families get the most out of each season.

 

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What a great idea, right!?! I’ll keep that in my idea bank for when my little miss is older! Thanks so much for sharing Steph!!

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Comments

  1. Ben is only 11 months and eats well but to ensure he gets more fruits and veggies I sneak them into muffins and foods like that

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Genius!!! Klara is just starting solids, but every kid has a picky stage… Gotta be prepared! ;) Thanks for entering and good luck!

  2. What a great idea! My daughter is a pretty good eater but she’s only 5 so that could change! I think I will do this now though just because it sounds fun!

  3. What a fun idea!!! My best tip for getting kids to eat veggies is to serve them frozen. My toddlers love it and think it’s a special treat! ;)

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Oooh! That’s a great idea too!!! I would have never thought to freeze them!!! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  4. Jessica B. says:

    I also have a variety of foods for my toddler to try. I take my toddler to the store and let him pick out some new foods too. I love the idea of the frozen veggies.

  5. Cynthia G says:

    May sound silly but tell them fish is chicken etc, hide stuff – put veggies under the cheese on pizza, use cookie cutters on cucumbers and items that work

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      That doesn’t sound silly at all! Do what you gotta do, right!? haha. Thanks for entering and good luck!

      • Cynthia G says:

        Kassi, another thought – I tell my kids I have no thank you portion rule – they have to try a spoonful of everything I make – it works! They now eat salmon, rice, shrimp, veggies, stuffed cabbage, etc. ;) My kids are 8 and 4 and eat so many diff things

  6. Rebecca Brewer says:

    I have 2 that are no problem. The 3rd… I take whatever suggestions I can get my hands on. Usually they work for a few meals, then we are back to where we started. Unfortunately, he can’t afford to miss any nutrition. He definitely been my biggest challenge, on the upside he gives the best snuggles.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      You take the good with the sometimes difficult, right!? haha!!! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  7. Jessie C. says:

    I sneak veggies into fruit smoothie to help.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Every kid I know loves smoothies! That’s a great idea too! Thanks for entering and good luck!!!

  8. Kayce Penrod says:

    Great idea!!!

  9. This is JUST what I needed to read today! I’m having a hard time getting my son to eat vegetables and I need all the advice I can get. This is great advice. Thank you!!

  10. Lisa Brown says:

    cutting food into pleasing shapes and making it fun, tends to work.

  11. My daughter is 18 months old and SOOOO picky, and my son is 10 and eats anything. I usually just sneak veggies into smoothies or things like cauliflower into mashed potatoes etc. Pinterest is AMAZING for ideas on disguising healthy foods!!

  12. I add some veggies to my son’s favorite mac and cheese

  13. Jessica B. says:

    Add veggies into pasta and sauce!

  14. rayraycartucci says:

    my son has autism and is 5 years old…he only weighs 34 pounds. I let him eat when ever and what ever he wants. Some people do not agree with this but HEY…it keeps him alive!

    • In your situation, I totally agree with you! Sounds like you are doing what’s best for you son, keep it up momma! You’re doing great!!

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Absolutely! You have to do what works best for your child and your family!!! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  15. My daughter is super picky, and there is no sneaking anything past her, bribing her, or convincing her to eat some things. She just has a staunch personality like her Dad. But I remember that I once lived off of sweet cereal and french fries,yet, I grew up to be queen of the vegetables! I just slap the veggies down on her plate and trust that someday she’ll want to eat them.

  16. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I try to eat what they are eating too so they will see that its good.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Setting a good example is a great way to introduce healthy eating habits! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  17. Wild Orchid says:

    My son started liking veggies when he could dip them in something, or if I served them with some melted cheese.
    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      I’ll be honest, I still prefer my veggies with some kind of dip too! haha! Thanks for entering and good luck!!!

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