Parenting a Picky Eater

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Find out how proficient you are at promoting picky eating in your prodigy.

If your offspring is eating primarily fast foods, white flour, sugar, and only a few whole foods, you’re headed in the right direction for raising a picky eater. Picky eaters universally love these foods while refusing to eat whole foods, especially green veggies. “Vegetable” might as well be a four-letter word, because a truly picky eater won’t touch one with at ten-foot pole, much less a fork.

To find out if you’re proficient at promoting picky eating, count each of the following twenty-five picky eater indicators which apply to your parenting style. At the end of the quiz, tally up and see how well you scored.

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I …
seldom read nutrition labels.
never reprimand negative remarks about the food served: “That’s yucky,” or “I don’t like that.”
take my child to fast food restaurants or for that matter any restaurant, more than twice a week.
• am unsuccessful at getting the family to eat dinner together.
allow my kid to “graze.”
allow my toddler to throw refused food on the floor in defiance.
believe that artificially fortified cereals and breads are just as wholesome as whole grains.
keep a smorgasbord of processed snack foods where my kid can easily reach them.
don’t permit my child to help prepare a meal or with grocery shopping.
serve processed breakfast foods like kid cereals, breakfast bars, toaster waffles, instant breakfast and oatmeal.
sometimes fill my toddler’s bottle with fruit drink, chocolate milk, or soda pop.
permit my preschooler to snack on favorite items (raisins, cereal, etc.) while the family eats dinner.
make the foods I’m sure my child will eat and repeat (i.e.: always serve PB&J for lunch).
insist that junior cleans his plate at every meal.
don’t save candy for special occasions, after all kids grow up so fast.
permit my family to frequently watch television during dinner.
agree: green vegetables are yucky; therefore my child doesn’t have to eat them.
discourage my preschooler to touch food with her hands.
often drink diet or regular soda pop and my child does too.
bribe my picky eater (with dessert or watching a favorite video) for eating a refused food.
often use packaged, canned, and prepared foods.
serve sugary desserts most nights.
insist on the One-Bite Rule. (Only one bite is required of a new or refused food.)
set an example for my child by frequently eating junk food myself.
resort to being a short-order cook, because my precious child refuses to eat what’s for dinner.

How did you do?
Less than 5 boxes checked:
It’s doubtful your child will become a picky eater. Nutritious meals are the norm for your family. It’s likely that you rise early to prepare a hot breakfast and you’re a habitual nutrition label reader. In fact, your prodigy most likely thinks veggies are a snack!

5 to 10 boxes checked:
There’s a fifty-fifty chance your prodigy will become a picky eater. Because your child isn’t learning to enjoy whole foods, she’ll most likely make poor food choices. Weight gain will most likely become an issue by the time she’s a teen.

Over 10 boxes checked:
You’ve succeeded as a “cool” parent, who promotes picky eating. Your kid probably doesn’t eat many vegetables or whole grains. Obesity is almost a given. If your child isn’t presently overweight, he’ll certainly struggle with his weight as an adult, because white flour, sugar, and atlered fats are the mainstays of his diet. He’ll be at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases.

If you’ve checked the last box:
There’s no need to tally your answers. Your child is unquestionably a picky eater.She’s the envy of the other kids in the neighborhood, who are expected to eat brown bread and atrocious vegetables!

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