Ever witnessed your toddler eat his bogie or a piece of paper but will not try the food you have put your heart and soul into cooking? If that doesn’t crush you, I don’t know what will.

I’m sure many parents can relate when I talk about how we all imagined mealtimes to be a fun and stress free time with the children. Unfortunately that has not been the case for me with both my children.

To make matters worse, you meet the occasional idiot who will say ‘ she’s tiny, does she eat?’. Ideally my answer should be ‘no of course not, child cruelty is my thing, I just starve her!’. But instead I reply politely, yes she does.

I didn’t expect it to be so difficult. Isaiah was (and still is) an absolute nightmare when it comes to food (clearly doesn’t take after me) and now I am noticing that Isabelle is not far behind. I have tried the ‘if you’re not eating, then you’re not eating anything’. Here’s how it all worked out:

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Sad to admit that I am the parent the caves in and give them what I know they are likely to eat rather than the tough love. Here’s why:

Scenario 1

Isaiah, both of my children for that matter eat really well up until they are a little over a year old. Then I notice the fussy eating slowly creeping in. I always try the tough love thing but unfortunately my kids are unbelievably hard headed- I can’t get through. I researched and asked around and received so many tips… yet still nothing seemed to work.

Read the full original post here authored by Vanessa Adusei. You can visit her blog here.

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