Thank you to those who filled out the survey. I can only assume from those who chose not to that I am doing everything perfectly! (Just kidding, but why not go with the self-affirming assumption?)
Many wanted to hear from other moms who are in the “trenches.”
Here is a great comment from a reader about the two-bite rule (or the on-bite-rule or the ‘no thank-you bite’…)
“I am personally sooo sick of hearing about “just try it” and “two bite” rules. Especially the accompanying insistance that their application will turn my son from a neophobic eater into an adventuresome eater. I can only assume that this technique works for some kids because it sure is popular.
We only had to try it a few times to realize that it didn’t work for our son. The instant that he is told he has to try something he immediately assigns it to the “I don’t like it” category. And foods are seldom removed from this category once they are placed in them… Also, to actually get him to try something he doesn’t want to requires an EXTREME amount of pressure, so extreme that I know it has to be wrong.”
The pressure moms feel to get their kids to eat “right” is also extreme. Many, knowing that it feels wrong, slog through joyless meals, miserably doing as they are told to get the pyramid into their kids every day. My favorite quote? “Dinner feels like 45 minutes of hostage negotiations.” The reader is right, it does ‘work’ for some kids, the easy-going, adventurous kind perhaps. It even works for one sibling, but not the other. Trust when you feel that something isn’t working. If you dread feeding and meals, something is wrong.
Or the mom with the son who is rapidly gaining weight who was scolded by the doctor, “You’re the parent here! Step up and don’t bring that crap into the house!” Well, now her son is being shunned by friends because he cleans out their pantries of all the forbidden foods when he hangs out at their homes. She KNOWS it feels wrong, and it’s not working, but the doctor told her to do it, and hey, she’s a bad mom if she doesn’t, right?
What feels wrong to you?