Busta-move Picky Eater Challenge | Stockpile Giveaway
Before you read this please know that this is our personal story and challenge of parenting. I am not suggesting you do them same, but wanting to share our life with you.
If there’s a time of day that you will find me grumpy or in tears, it’s dinner time. For almost 9 years we’ve been fighting the challenge of picky eaters. I have followed many pieces of advice from friends, books and blogs and none have worked.
The most common response was, “Kids won’t starve themselves, so if they’re hungry they will eat.” Do I think this is true? Yes.
Our family rhythm has been to let the kids choose what they want for breakfast and lunch. My reasoning for this, came from the advice of “Choose your battles” Honestly, I didn’t want it to be an all day struggle. Once dinner time rolled around all of a sudden our kids where full and full of complaints. I felt like I was being interrogated - what’s in it?, what’s that?, do I have to eat that part? Every night the same thing.
The other night, I was trying my hardest not to cry. I turned to my husband and said, “I am inches away from giving away all the fillers – crackers, bars, pudding cups, everything” Our kids where filling up on these things during the day, so that they were not “hungry” at dinner time. I started to realize that this might be my fault.
Let me explain:
When my oldest daughter was little she hated “real food” from the get go. I didn’t want her to go hungry so I would give her cheerios or some sort of filler food. I don’t think I ever stopped doing that.
The next day we needed eggs, so my husband and I went to Costco. He asked if we should get some mini bagels and we both looked at each other and answered our own question. We decided we need to really do it – give away our stockpile. We are calling this the:
Busta-Move Picky Eater Challenge!
Pretty extreme and pretty crazy, but I am tired of being angry. I think this is going to be one of the hardest things we do as a family, but one of the best things as well. When the kids came home from school, we sat them down and told them the game plan. We let them know that we are going to donate everything to a charity. They seemed to be very excited and all helped with packing everything up. Their excitement was probably because we told them at the end of the challenge they would get to go to The Great Wolf Lodge!
This will probably be a big change in our budget and what we spend on food, but I think these habits will pay it forward and it will be worth the investment, as we strive for our family to be healthy.
So tell me, do you have picky eaters?