I think I know the answer to this one but thought Iíd toss it out there. Maybe Iím just looking for some sympathy.
My 7 yr old son (only child) is the pickiest, most frustrating eater Iíve ever seen. He will not eat meat. He will not eat most sources of protein. He is great about eating most vegetables (though he wonít touch potatoesÖ go figure) and fruits, and is what I like to call a ďcarbivoreĒ Ė if itís got carbs, heís all over it.
He wonít touch tofu anymore, and refuses eggs, peanut butter, nuts, and now says he doesnít like quesadillas (shoot me nowÖ itís cheese, for godís sake).
I am pretty sure itís a power struggle and that I should back off, but itís really really hard to make different meals for him. I know, youíre saying WTF?? Make him eat what you are eating, heís not going to starve. True, he wonít starve. But if he doesnít eat, his blood sugar drops and the behavior issues I mentioned in the previous post are amplified by about 100x. Heís truly a nightmare if he hasnít eaten and cannot be reasoned with.
He will eat some meat if we take him out to Chinese restaurants. I let him smother the food in sweet & sour sauce. I have tried this at home, buying the same sauce, but no deal. We canít get take out all the time for him, and we canít afford ($ or time) to eat out all the time. At home, I found the Barilla Plus pasta which is made from garbanzo beans (protein) and he will eat that no problem. But itís EVERY SINGLE DAY. That or pizza or a cheese sandwich.
Should I just let it go and keep making the same special meals for him, occasionally getting him to eat some meat, or should I play hardball and get ultra-firm with him and suffer through the low blood sugar tantrums, or something in between? Please tell me I'm not the only one to deal with this!
Thanks in advance!