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What’s All The Fuss?
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What’s All The Fuss?
December 5, 2017
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What’s All The Fuss?
December 5, 2017
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“Phew, he ate some salmon, at least we know he likes salmon”.
Next time you feed him salmon: “yuck” before it avalanches out of his mouth, and there you are, on the cold kitchen floor, on your hands and knees, sweeping up tiny particles of pink fish and praying to the feeding gods. We’ve all been there and we all know: kids can be fussy eaters.

They’ll wrestle a piece of lovingly-prepared chicken like they’re being forced to chomp down on an old car tyre. Peas, which have always been the safest veg bet for kids, get flicked around the table like an ‘80s Subbuteo set, and yoghurt, which again is a standard go-to for kids, instead of going into their mouths, forms an organic face mask you’d pay top dollar for in a spa.

So, what’s the answer? Is there an answer? Well, maybe not, but here are some things that might help… There’s the age-old distraction technique of the aeroplane-en-route-to-landing-in-their-gob. The only problem is when air traffic control closes the runway at the very last moment, and said aeroplane nosedives into the highchair. Then there’s the option of bringing a toy to the table. It works until said toy becomes a weighty hammer and food is splattered everywhere forming a newly-discovered Jackson Pollock piece. Then, dare I say it, there is *whispers quietly* the iPad. As any parent just trying to get through the day with a child will know, it’s basically a tablet-shaped childminder, but there’s the whole screen-time debate to contend with, plus, is watching Peppa Pig whilst your child chomps on a Lincolnshire sausage morally correct? Do you even have a conscience?! I’m kidding of course…

Little bits of the above now and again can usually get a few mouthfuls into my son, who is a particularly fussy eater, but over time I’ve learnt that it’s important that I don’t create a fuss when he’s being fussy.

Drawing attention to the lack of food he’s eaten only intensifies an already tense situation, so now I tend to leave him to it.
I don’t mean I pop to the pub – hold fire on calling the social – it’s just he seems more inclined to give things a go if I’m not sitting on top of him with pleading eyes and a fork in hand. If he’s hungry, he will eat, even if it’s just the bits he likes. I also try and avoid too many snacks during the day otherwise he simply won’t even look at that tyre-like chicken. If all else fails, I’ll revert to quick and easy wins (rather than cook another meal), that he normally likes and tolerates such as avocado or some baked beans.

Such simple cuisine isn’t going to win me any culinary awards any time soon, but at least these days I find myself not spending quite so much time on that cold kitchen floor and, most importantly, my son is eating. I’d say that’s a win all round.

Jamie Day
@adayinthelifedad
Editor @FatherInc, Contributor @BritishGQ, Columnist @LittleLondonMagazine
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