Topic: "Creating" a picky eater?
A few recent posts mentioning children who are very picky eaters got me thinking again about something I've often wondered about. How much of a picky eater is learned, "taught" by parents' cooking habits and/or leniency when their child doesn't want to try new things, and how much is simply the child's makeup. I know there is no way to know for sure, as no two children are the same and no child can be taken back and raised a different way to see the difference. So, I'm simply wondering what others' thoughts/opinions/personal experiences are on this.
As a child, my Mom made 1 meal and everyone ate it. I was/am a generally non picky eater, but there were a couple things (obviously) that I didn't like - squash, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, fish and homemade pizza were my most unliked items. Whenever we had these foods, I was required to eat a small amount and then was allowed to eat more of the other meal items for that meal. Once I was a little older, my Mom would bake a regular potato for me in lieu of sweet potatoes or squash, but I was still required to eat a small amount of the offending veggie. Since being an adult, I've found I actually do like most of the items, finding that many of them was simply they way they were prepared that I still don't care for, with the exception of squash, which I still don't care for in any form. For reference sake, I found I like sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows melted as a sauce instead of with butter, S&P, fish I didn't like the bones and cornmeal breading my mom used (I LOVE fish today), homemade pizza I didn't like the thick layer of mozzarella cheese that was hard to chew as a child, and Brussel sprouts I now sauté with bacon and a touch of lemon juice and I love them, as opposed to simply boiled and served with butter as a child.
With my son, my LC lent me a book and DVD on baby led weaning and I LOVED it and highly recommend it!! Even if you don't really wish to follow the baby led weaning path, the book has lots of good food/eating/nutrition info for babies, toddlers. We followed a modified version of baby led weaning with our son, and he eats absolutely everything and loves it all so far! I love to cook and we eat a wide variety of foods in all food groups. He does NOT like baby food but if he can chew it and/or pick it up himself and eat it, he's in love.
Sooooo.... What about you?