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Yuck: how to handle food rejection

Posted by on May 6, 2009 in Blog Posts |

The other day I picked up M from preschool/daycare. Because we eat dinner late (6:30-6:45) so that we can eat with Dad, I always bring a snack. Some days it’s hard to try to get the protein, fat and carb together and eggs are a handy option to include. I often hard-boil half a dozen and use them for snacks, or in potato salad etc.

Last week, after happily eating eggs (only the white actually) I brought one to school and peeled it and offered it. M grimaced and said,

“Ew, it stinks, I don’t want it!”

I held back from what part of me wanted to say which was, “You love eggs! You ate one happily two days ago. I packed it, you’re going to eat it!”

Instead I said,

“You don’t have to eat it,” and asked about her art project.

She drank some milk and nibbled on a few crackers.
This week I went to grab an egg and almost didn’t. “She doesn’t like it, why waste it again?” I thought.
Then I remembered what I tell clients and parents, “Continue to rotate “rejected” foods regularly through meals and snacks.
I brought the egg, she ate it without comment, along with an orange and water. Just goes to show, kids are funny, finicky, irrational, maybe especially about food. They like something one day, and declared it “yucky” the next, maybe even one bite to the next.
Keep rotating foods, and try to remain neutral when they say and do unexpected things with food. Do you have any stories about foods your kids loved then hated?
Did you keep offering it?
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