I am not going to lie, my five year old has got to be the worst eater on the planet, hands down. When he was a toddler, he was much better about eating fruits, the occasional vegetable, and as far as meat goes, he ate chicken nuggets. Somewhere along the road, however, he pretty much lost his palate for all things that most people consider to be healthy.
I have learned the hard way on more than one occasion that my son has an incredibly sensitive gag reflex, and that if you give him something that he doesn’t like, it literally comes back and slaps you in the face. The doctor has assured me that he is still getting what he needs and is healthy, so I’m not too worried about it. Go ahead and judge me if you want. Personally, I’m just thrilled that he eats at all, and that we are fortunate enough to have enough food for him to eat.
Celeb mom Bethenny Frankel recently reported on her blog that she has chosen to raise her daughter, Bryn, as a vegetarian. She said, “As far as raising Bryn as a vegetarian, that was a personal choice. If Bryn is older and wants something at a party that isn’t vegetarian, I don’t want her to feel ostracized. She’ll find her way.”
She also insists that Bryn will never eat “kid food,” and will never order restaurant items off the children’s menu. She said, “As a child, I ate sushi, escargot, venison — anything and everything. I wasn’t squeamish about food, and I’m proud to say that I’ve never ordered off of a children’s menu in my entire life. [Bryn won’t] be a children’s menu child either.”
I love Bethenny…I really do. I love her honesty, and I’d love to grab a cup of coffee with her in the city if ever given the chance. However, part of me is secretly hoping that Bryn will only have a palate for foods like macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Sometimes kids have a mind of their own, and as much as she wants Bryn to enjoy a wide range of exotic foods, she is just a baby. And I guarantee that Bethenny will cave the first time that Bryn wants to order chicken nuggets off the children’s menu.