Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No More Regular Chicken

       Meet Brody (that's not his real name, but go with me....).  He's my middle child.  Brody doesn't get talked about a lot here on the blog b/c the baby seems to take up 99.9% of the spotlight and his older sister takes up the other 0.1% (only b/c she lets me take her picture).  Brody doesn't want the spotlight- most of the time, he runs from me when the camera is out.  In fact, the only reason I have the above picture is because he had just lost his 2 front teeth.  Pretty cute, isn't he?
       For a long time, Brody was my baby boy- he and I have a pretty special bond.  Matt says I baby him too much, but I know that time will be gone soon enough, so if the kid will still let me smother him in kisses, I'll do it!  With the addition of Bubba,  I don't get enough Brody time.  And I am noticing that he is become ever-so independent.       
      He does his homework on his own.  Has chores around the house.  Loves to build anything - legos, paper, random trash he finds at the store...it all becomes a creation.   He loves anything cammo - and he especially loves learning about the past wars.  Over Spring Break, we went to the Pacific War Museum in Fredricksburg, TX - And while I thought most of it was way above his head, He loved it!
He loves catching frogs....
And is learning how to mow.....already???

      But the one thing this kiddo has not yet mastered.....eating.  He loves his staples - chicken nuggets, fish sticks, grilled cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches.  Broccoli? Definitely not.  Strawberries?  Nope.  Grilled chicken?  Never.  Mashed potatoes?  Hates um.  Pizza?  Absolutely not.  Our friends use to laugh at us, as Brody thought "regular chicken" was the nuggets.  Blech.
      Matt & I look back and shake our heads- why did we introduce him to chicken nuggets?  When did he have his first fish stick (b/c we certainly don't eat them)?  And what happened to the baby who would eat anything? Every night was a struggle to come up with something he would eat.  I was seriously cooking a separate meal for him each night.
      This had to change.  So, in January we took a stand.   It started with 2-3 pieces of whatever meat we were having that night.  He had to eat them before he would get his Chicken/fish crap.  You would have thought we were asking him to swallow acid.  It would sometimes take the kid 30 mins to eat just 3 bites.
       We would bargain and plead with him..... one night he lost his chance to race his car in the PineWood Derby b/c he wouldn't eat ONE bite of spaghetti.  He was seriously that stubborn. (Momma gave in and let him go... bad parenting 101!).  If he ate all his bites, he would get dessert....if he ate all his bites, he could have a friend over.... so on.....  It would take him all night, but he would do it.
        Well, I got sick of the bargaining.  After Spring Break, we went cold turkey.  Now Brody gets a plate full of everything....and I mean everything.... we are eating.  And we are cooking NO MORE regular chicken for him.  He's hungry....so he eats it.  Pork chops, grilled chicken, spaghetti, tacos, broccoli, asparagus, peas, mashed potatoes...he is eating it all........
           We still have the whining.  We still have the faces.  We still go through 2 glasses of milk ("to swallow it down!") each meal.  And yes, it still may take him an hour some nights.  But my boy is eating!!!
            I'm not this mean all the time.  Believe me, the kid still gets his fair share of nuggets.  And he still eats the same boring pb sandwich every day for lunch.  But, the way I see it,  it is a step in the right direction. 
       Of course, now he likes the carrots, but I know that as soon as I get Brody converted, this one will be asking for the regular chicken. Oh boy.





15 comments:

Shawn said...

Oh tough love sucks!

I'm blessed to have two girls that like most things and will try anything! We have a freind that has a little one that lives on Mac n cheese (only one brand) chicken tenders and waffles. That's it! It would drive me INSANE!!!

RebeccaK said...

Rebecca, You are an awesome mom that deserves a great BIG pat on the back (or a VPMC trip :)) Good for you for sticking to your guns, I know it is VERY, very, very painful sometimes... but look at what you did, he is eating!!!! or trying!!! And your reward will come when he tries that one new food (healthy) and he love its! You are Awesome Rebecca, GREAT JOB!!!

Connie Weiss said...

We have dinnertime struggles too. I kick myself sometimes for the things I've allowed the kids to have. It's hard to change the habits that I'm already formed with them...

Alli said...

I feel like I was reading about my son, except he is 4 and I don't see him eating "our" food anytime soon. How can they eat the same few things over and over and not get sick of it?

But gooooo Jack!

He & Me + 3 said...

I was just thinking about this same thing today. I think you are doing a good thing. HOpe it goes well...we are about to try something like that too. I have to stop cooking three meals. No wonder I don't enjoy cooking.

Darling's said...

Way to go Brody!! We are proud of you, (and you too Becca!)

Charon Benton said...

Bless your sweet heart!! OH MY!! Wonder if he would like it more if he helped you cook it?

Miller Racing Family said...

Love the photo of the two missing teeth. He is a super cute kiddo. I can't believe he doesn't like pizza. Trey has the same deep love as Brody has for chicken nuggets but Trey loves spaghetti. Let's just say he is loving that mommy craves Olive Garden, Daddy's wallet doesn't but oh it is just a few more visits, lol.
Keep up the good work, mom!

Kelli said...

Caleb is the same way and goes to be hungry many days. Such a battle. Glad to see he's eating, even if it's with a fuss.

jennykate77 said...

Oh, the phases we as parents (and kids) go through! I'm soooo thankful Isaiah is a good eater. It cracks me up that Brody thinks all those foods are so awful. You would think you were forcing brussel sprouts and lima beans down his throat! Although, Isaiah is a good eater, we have our own stand-offs...like he gags everytime he brushes his teeth. Sometimes, he even throws up. I know, disgusting. It's a constant battle. Hoping he grows out of it soon!

Hope you're having a great week!♥

Meghan said...

I just knew he would take after me...milk makes everything go down easier ;-)

Lyndsay said...

I think you are headed in the right direction. I remember my parents making me sit at the table until I finished something. I would gag and whine and cry. Fun times!!! Good Luck.

Lindsay said...

Love the missing 2 front teeth! He looks so grown up with them missing! yay for eating!!

beth said...

Hehe, I love this blog! So proud of Brody! I remember his aversion to anything not chicken nuggets. And don't worry about little bubba. He'll wanna be just like his big bro so he'll eat whatever Brody is eating!

golonghorns said...

I swear is this a genetic thing or what? I have somewhat picky eating from my 2 kids, but I have been taking the tough love approach too and they are getting better... but we haven't gotten to where we are all eating the same meal yet...so I am a bit of a short order cook. Glad to read this and see that kids can and will change and eat what you serve.

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