The Picky Eater

the cheese-o-holic, looking happy and healthy!

the cheese-o-holic, looking happy and healthy!

I have a daughter who was a picky eater as a child. I’m here to tell you that it didn’t kill her, ruin her complexion, damage an excessive amount of brain cells, or keep her out of college. But it did drive me crazy.

So let me tell you a little story about picky Katie. She loved cheese! She loved grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and cheese sandwiches. She was a sweet little girl, very creative, articulate and smart as a whip. But I couldn’t get her to eat anything if it wasn’t cheesy!

I worried about my little darling getting fat, losing her hair from malnutrition and a myriad of other silly things related to her cheese addiction. Believe it or not, I took her to the doctor because I needed advice.

I had the best pediatrician, who indulged my neediness as a new mama, and balanced it with sound, sage advice. He checked her over completely, and smiled at me as he said, “I don’t find anything wrong with Katie. Why did you bring her in to see me?” I was a little embarrassed at this point, but I pushed on, sure that my question was going to wipe that smile off Dr. G’s face. 

“Well, I’m worried about her eating habits. I can’t get her to eat a balanced diet, no matter what I try!” Dr. G. replied, “What does she eat?” I listed off the cheesy menu, which did not include fruit or vegetables, much to my chagrin.

We talked for a few minutes about ways to trick the kid into eating healthy food, and I was sure I had convinced him that she was the worst problem eater ever. I will never forget what Dr. G said to me at that moment.

He said, “Sue, as far as I know, no kid has ever died from a cheese overdose.”

I cracked up laughing, and he giggled at me, and proceeded to give me the name of a good multi-vitamin. It was the best advice! It took the weight of the world off my shoulders, and relieved me of the burden of battling with my little girl at every meal. I continued to try to give her a balanced diet and included a bit of cheese with every meal to keep her interested, as per Dr. G’s advice.

The best thing about this awesome advice is that I have used it and applied it in many situations. You can, too!

“No kid ever died from a cheese overdose.”

“There aren’t too many teenagers that still need to be rocked to sleep.”

You can fill in the blanks to fit your situation. Most of these issues don’t need intervention other than common sense. The moral of this story is: Don’t be too hard on yourselves, mamas! It really is OK to let some stuff go!!

Photo by CarbonNYC, used under Creative Commons license

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One Response to The Picky Eater

  1. When in the ‘heat’ of such moments, we mama’s can over-worry and sometimes need an outsider to make us realize we aren’t maiming our children. Am glad Katie grew up to be happy and healthy, since that is all we should ever want for our children.
    Nice article, I am sure it will help many Mom’s out there dealing with their own ‘cheese-addicted toddlers’ or whatever issue it may be!

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