Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Picky Eater Q&A

I will be hosting a free call-in for parents of picky eaters on June 14, 2011 at 8pm EST/5pm PST. For more information about this event and to register, visit Kitchen Table Parents.

If you can't join us live, please leave your questions in the comments below. A replay recording will be made available to Kitchen Table Parents members.

So what are your most burning questions about feeding your kids successfully? What would you like to know?


  1. I have a two year old boy that I am having the worst time getting to eat veggies. On a good day, he'll do carrots or corn. He's completely averse to anything green though I always put at least a bite size portion of it on his plate when we're having it. He refuses to even try it. No potatoes either, not even sweet potatoes. I'm just stumped as to what to do to help him get some good veggies in. Any advice?

  2. My 4.5-year-old daughter has been a picky eater (and below the weight charts) since she started solids at 6 months. We're trying harder to implement the advice from Ellyn Satter's books, but are not sure about some things. When serving a kid-and-adult friendly dinner that we're pretty sure she won't like, we're told to always put bread or something she will like on the table. The result is that she pretty much eats only bread for dinner every night. How is that different from putting a jar of peanut butter on the table every night (which Ellyn Satter uses as a bad example)?

  3. I have two teenage kids, one is a vegetarian and has been for 3 years, the other can't get enough red meat and I don't eat red meat, but will eat chicken & fish. Dinners are a CHALLENGE to say the least! I tend not to make much with red meat because my son usually chooses something with red meat for lunch at school and I think too much of it is not a good thing. What do you think?

    And is there such a thing as too much peanut butter? My daughter has it almost daily, which I don't discourage because she loses out on protein by not eating meat, but I worry that she doesn't have enough variety.
    I'd appreciate any insights you might have! Thank you!

  4. My 3.5 year old gets very upset when I try to offer something different for a meal, especially breakfast or lunch. He is used to having a waffles every morning and either a turkey sandwich or pbj for lunch. Same goes for snacks. He has come to expect something different at dinner, but never eats anything other than the bread if it's something he doesn't like. At this point, he's even narrowed his list further to no turkey,etc. I have created a monster in the eating department and I'm just trying to get back to square one somehow. I am met with a lot of resistance when I try to change things. How can I move forward with a good plan while trying to stay sane? I realize this is behavioral/discipline issue that happens to involve food. Would love to get your advice. Thank you!!!

  5. Thanks so much for all your great questions. If you weren't able to join us live last night, you should have received an email this morning with a link to a replay recording. I was able to touch on all of your questions. Email me if you have any trouble accessing the recording. Thanks again!

  6. Love everything you do! So creative! What do you think about the sunday premeire of Extreme Chef?? Rattlesnake for breakfast?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3J824ZuGXA


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