Round one of the Battle of Wills between J and me occurred last night. I think it was a draw.
As many of you know, J is a notoriously picky eater. He eats a very limited variety of food including cereal, waffles, bacon, apple, banana, apple sauce, mac n' cheese, chicken nuggets/strips, grilled cheese, string cheese, yogurt, raisins, french fries/tator tots, fruit snacks, chips/pretzels, crackers, toast, ice cream, pudding. As you can see there are NO vegetables on this list. He does eat corn once in a blue moon and likes ketchup (which I am desperate enough to try and count as a vegetable). Most other foods he insists he doesn't like even though he's never tried them. He's always been this way. It's actually improved quite a bit--this list of food is long compared to what it used to be. He used to cry hysterically until we took any unwanted food off of his plate. Now he'll at least leave the food on his plate (most of the time). Even when I fix food he does like, there are still meals where he doesn't touch most of it. This is really frustrating!
Anyway, I have decided enough is enough. I'm tired of feeling embarrassed and guilty about my child's eating habits. I do think he has some legitimate issues with food texture (I had a milder form of the same thing and still do with certain foods), but he is not eating really good food simply because he won't even try it.
So last night I introduced the new One Bite Rule. Every night at dinner, J has to take at least one bite of everything on his plate before he can be excused.
Last night J had chicken nuggets, french fries, applesauce and peas. He immediately ate some applesauce and fries. After twenty minutes of discussion, he ate a chicken nugget. Almost an hour later and after much crying, it was 7:20PM and he still refused to eat a pea--one pea! So I took him straight from the dinner table to bed.
So I don't think either of us really won that round, but I don't think I lost either--so that's something. We'll see how the battle goes tonight. Wish me luck!