|He takes joy in harvesting cucumbers.|
And it'll be all your fault!
When Brady was young, I got a lot of judgmental comments about his picky-eater-ness. I, personally, didn't push it too hard. I think I had a feeling about it.
And, thank goodness, because little did we all know he had a terrible egg allergy that meant - until age 4 - he never knew what would make him throw up or feel nauseous.
Guess I'd be picky too. But once we discovered it, the work of overcoming his caution toward food began.
To this day he remains cautious of eating new things. He doesn't like stuff all mixed together. He wants to SEE and KNOW exactly what he's eating. He may always be that way. I think what starts early can persist throughout life.
So, we don't make it a battle. We eat mostly the same things, but sometimes in different ways. We introduce new things in a structured way.
But I have to say, if I had to pick one thing, just one thing, that has made the most difference, it would be:
Everything we grow - okra, butternut squash, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, carrots, fresh basil - he tries because they came out of the garden. If we grow it, he'll eat it. He trusts it.
We laid in bed the other night planning what we'd grow next year, including cantaloupe. He said, "I'll bet cantaloupe we grow at home is way better than from the store, especially in our garden."
Hear that ownership? Awesome.
If you have a picky eater, consider throwing some seeds in a pot or in a little space of land next year. See what grows and how your child grows as well.
Are your children picky or open to all foods? What methods do you use to help them open up and try new things?