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Are You A Short Order Cook For Your Toddler?

I’ve heard Moms spit out the phrase, “I’m not a short order cook!, when referring to their child’s picky eating habits more times than I can count.

Well, you know what? I guess I am a short order cook for my toddler, but it is more for my own sanity than some desire to meet his shifting demands.

Have you ever been in the room with a moody toddler who is not happy with the meal in front of him?

It can be brutal, and there are times when I would rather go back to the kitchen to make something else, than deal with a fit and the inevitable empty stomach that accompanies it.

I have this hangup with Evan going to bed on an empty stomach. I just hate the idea that he is hungry, but if I try to wait him out on the first failed attempt at dinner, he is so stubborn that he would rather starve than eat what he was served. I typically ask him what he wants to eat, and there are even times that his own requests become the worst food he’s ever laid eyes on.

So, instead of turning our entire family’s evening into one huge struggle over food, I will usually ask him what he would rather have, and make it for him. It’s usually as simple as making him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or some macaroni and cheese, so it really does save a lot of grief.

Again, I can see that this is not a good trend, but some days it is a reality.

My fear, of course, is that I am creating a monster. I don’t want to be cooking alternative meals for two kids in the coming years, and I worry that he is becoming spoiled so spoiled on the meal service that he’ll never try new things.

Do you sometimes feel like a short order cook for your kid?

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