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Talk To Me Tuesday: Picky Eater Problems – Mom Advice & Parenting Tips!



Talk To Me Tuesday Picky Eaters Problem Solved

Last Tuesday I shared your stories, tips, and advice on how to deal with temper tantrums. Thereafter, I announced the NEXT topic for Talk To Me Tuesday, which we will be discussing today: PICKY EATER PROBLEMS!

*Want to go back and read previous topics and discover reader driven parenting tips and advice? Feel free to read over the Talk To Me Tuesday Introductory Post if you want to learn more about how this weekly advice ‘column’ works. You can also read all of the Talk To Me Tuesday posts or browse the entire parenting advice category here at MamaNYC. 

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Every Tuesday I will be featuring a new segment called Talk To Me Tuesday, which is going to feature YOUR advice, input, stories (horror stories welcome!), and tips. Each week I will post the NEXT weeks topic to discuss and everyone will submit their stories. Come back the following Tuesday and you will find your submission(s) posted here at MamaNYC!

First Thing First!
Let’s get down to business and hear YOUR input on last weeks topic!

Talk To Me Tuesday Picky Eater Tips

TUESDAY, MARCH 20th: Picky Eater Problems!

Last week I asked my readers to submit some of their tips, positive stories, HORROR stories, and advice on picky eater problems. 

My son does not like to eat. He will of course EAT, but very little and very rarely. I have been dealing with this since birth! He’s a very skinny little boy and I have to deal with the fights and a very stubborn attitude in order to get my son to eat SOMETHING! I reached out and asked readers for their tips and horror stories. This topic is obviously very important and a serious matter. We want our kids to get the proper amount of nutrition on a DAILY basis. How do you get those veggies and meats down – and pray your child may eventually LIKE to eat those foods (and forget the forcing and fights!)?

Let’s see what you all had to say!

Leila over at The Go To Mommy gives choices, but everyone must agree on the same thing! She’s also going through a picky eater in the mornings before school. Here’s what Leila has to say: "If it is something I know they won’t eat, we usually give the kids two choices, but they both have to agree on that one choice. If it’s something that they should be eating, but they are just being difficult, they sit there. They have to choices- they can sit there and eat their food, or they can sit there until bed time at which point they will go to bed and not eat until breakfast. My daughter’s new thing is to refuse breakfast before school. I make her sit there until she absolutely must get up to get ready, but then I give her a snack (required for her at school) that isn’t really "fun" for her, we send her with a home lunch (rather than getting school lunch) and she isn’t given a snack when she gets home- she has to wait until dinner. I let my kids know this is NOT Burger King and then cannot have it their way! LOL!"

Linda from NYC Single Mom uses a really creative approach – she takes advantage of her daughters ability to immitate what a playmate will eat, so why not ask the playmates mother to cook up a veggie for lunch and hope your child will mimic the behavior (and eat those greens!) "My daughter hates vegetables. What kid doesn’t? But I have made it my mission that she eats a fruit or vegetable at every meal. I have taken "the experts" advice by forcing her to try a vegetable or should take a bite but even trying any type of vegetable is met with a temper tantrum or a no or even sitting alone after the meal is over. Then one day we had playmate/dinner where the mom made green beans and because her playdate ate the green beans, my daughter ate (okay she tried the green beans). Later in the week, she asked that I make green beans. So anytime, we have a playdate, I enlist the mom help by introducing a new vegetable my daughter hates. This strategy has worked every time. Don’t you love when peer pressure works for the greater good."

Janet from Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!! has an ex-chef of a husband, which means anyone that isn’t willing to try anything – must be a picky eater! Luckily, Janet is holding down the fort and uses encouragement and reminding her little one that eating good foods will make you big and strong (like.. a Superhero!). Here’s what Janet is dealing with (and how she DEALS with it!): "My husband was a chef for 20 years so to him, my son and I are both picky eaters. I am basically good at trying anything once and some things multiple times (I really want to like tomatoes, but I just can’t) and my son has become fairly good at trying new things. We fall into a routine (since he’s only 4 and our only child) of fixing him a meal to eat while we wait for our dinner to cook. He gets in moods where he wants to only eat hot dogs or only eat chicken nuggets, but he’s becoming a little better at waiting and has recently discovered he loves broccoli and since we eat a lot of it he’s been excited to eat with us. The best advice I have is to encourage your children when they are young and tell them that the good food will help them grow stronger and bigger. Our boy loves to hear that he will grow up to be strong like Daddy or that he can be a SuperHero. We eat lunch at church every week and I used to fight with our boy about eating dessert first because there are always such great desserts each week, but I discovered one week when I was just too exhausted to fight it, that if I let him eat one dessert first he will often eat his entire lunch afterwards. If I fight it, he doesn’t eat anything and we are fighting and it’s just not worth it!!"

Talk To Me Tuesday Poopy Potty Training Problems

TALK TO ME: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We’ve discussed Pacifier Problems, Temper Tantrum Troubles, and now Picky Eater Problems! Next weeks topic is a topic request submission from Janet over at Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!. Apparently, I am dealing with the very same issue as Janet: Poopy Potty Training Problems!

Both of us have little boys, so Janet asked to discuss training #2 for boys. I’ve heard through the grapevine that poopy potty training for girls is SUPER easy (yeah, yeah – good for YOU!), but I welcome any moms of little girls that are having difficulties – or, submit your tips for moms with boys (we need ALL the help we can get!). 

Here is what Janet asked and requested from Talk To Me Tuesday participants: 

"My 4 year old boy purposely holds it in and gets constipated and then he doesn’t want to sit on the potty to get it out. It can’t be because it hurts because he will stand in the corner and poop in his pants with no problem. He has pooped in the potty a few times and is always proud and excited and everyone praises him and his teachers give him prizes and he is very happy, but then the next time…nothing."

Well, Janet… Sadly I am in the very same predicament and facing the same issue with my own son. My little boy is YET to go #2 on the potty. He refuses to poop in the potty and he holds it in until he is keeled over in pain and crying. A recent trip to the food store (without a diaper…) ended terribly as my son went into overdrive tantrum mode since he was in pain and refuses to use the potty. HELP! Everyone tells me to just give it time, but he starts a 3-year-old preschool program in September. Time flies, which makes me very nervous. I don’t want to turn around and notice it is Labor Day – my son won’t be allowed into school! 

What sort of tips can you offer to moms trying to potty train their little boys that refuse to go #2? Is there some sort of secret technique that we haven’t tried? How did your little one go #2 for the first time? Will it EVER happen for us!?

Tell me your tips, stories, and advice on how to deal with POOPY POTTY TRAINING PROBLEMS.. and remember that the amount of anonymity or details revealed is in your hands. Are you currently going through the same issue(s)? Have a story of FAILURE or success? Share your advice and tips. Remember that there is NO such thing as silly advice or knowledge. Everyone’s advice is welcome and I cannot wait to gather your stories into one giant heaping post filled with advice!

Please use the form below to submit your advice, tips, or stories. Remember that you can remain anonymous if you choose! All of the fields are options on the form. 

Just a few things you should know…

  • ANONYMITY IS NOT A PROBLEM! You decide what we know about who you are. Choose a pen name or submit your real name. Your tips are what we want to hear – and I don’t want anyone to feel ashamed or scared to broadcast their parenting stories. 
  • Parenting advice is FREE, but sometimes it is hard to come by GREAT advice.. which is why Talk To Me Tuesday is hopefully going to grow into something more than advice. Let’s share stories. I want to hear how you have conquered your biggest parenting fears. Tell us how to overcome those parenting obstacles that scare the bejeezus out of other parents. I have a 2 1/2 year old son, so I want to know what to expect when my son turns 3 (I promise to act surprised!)
  • EMAIL ADDRESS: I will NOT be including email addresses for any reason. This will be used for internal purposes only. I will also be sending out an email reminder next Monday so that you can remember to check out your submission! (Optional)
  • BLOGGERS: I would love to include your blog name, URL, and button if you would like! All blogger buttons will be included on the bottom of the post, but I can include your blog name with URL link alongside your submission. Also – have you recently talked about temper tantrum tips or shared a story on YOUR blog? Include the direct URL and I will link to your post! (Note: This is only available to bloggers that submit a story or tip. I would love to hear about your temper tantrum stories, but I will not link to your post unless a submission for Talk To Me Tuesday is included!)



Do you have a specific topic or question that you would love to see readers discuss in a future Talk To Me Tuesday? I would love to hear your ideas, or use YOUR questions as a platform in future discussions. Please fill out the topic submission form and I will hopefully use your idea in a future Talk To Me Tuesday in the very near future! Leave your email address so that I can let you know, but keep in mind that you can also remain anonymous. If you decide to share your name/email address/blog name and URL, remember that the level of anonymity is up to YOU. I will share as much (or as little) as you want!


See You Next Week!


My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

16 thoughts on “Talk To Me Tuesday: Picky Eater Problems – Mom Advice & Parenting Tips!

  1. Wish that I had some good advice for you, my kids were picky, but my grandson, I worry so much about him, he won’t hardly eat anything. His sister is totally different, she will eat almost anything. We kinda wonder if his not eating well has to with his heart, he had 3 major heart surgies by the time he was 9 months old.

  2. I love the peer pressure idea – kids always seem to say that none of their friends has to eat vegetables (or have a bedtime, or turn off the TV, etc.) – so turning the tavlea so they know that all of their friends eat healthy is a great idea!

  3. This is a fabulous post and I’m enjoying reading these every week! We’ve got a picky three year old but I am learning that he loves weird things that I never imagined he would (salad and olives, for example!) There is a great video out called “Copy Kids” that just shows kids eating fruits and veggies. It didn’t make my son LIKE the veggies, but at least he TRIED them, and I think the more he’s willing to try something, the more he’s going to find out that he really likes some stuff. It’s also good for me to remember that all kids go through phases and if all he wants to do is eat Life cereal…it won’t last and at least it’s not cotton candy. 🙂

    Thanks, Nicole!

  4. First, thank you so much for using my blurb about eating. Since my boy visits his grandparents every Sunday and they have dressers (yes, chest of drawers) full of candy and cookies, we have to do what we can when we can!! Second – OMG, I’m so excited to hear what people have to say next week!! I’m POOPED out!!!! So weird to hear that you are going through the same issues, too, but glad I’m not alone!!

  5. My 6 year old is a serious picky eater. Dinner has been a struggle many nights. I try to sneak good ingredients into his “approved” foods such as adding pureed veggies to his Mac n Cheese. We also give him a multi-vitamin daily.

  6. I have a picky eater. The only saving grace is that he loves raw veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers. Can’t get him to eat a cooked veggie besides potatoes to save my life though.

  7. Thank you for this post i appreciate it very much my daughter is a picky eater but she is 1 years old, i try to give her different snacks and she just refuses them most of the time , she will show me a food she wants i will open it for her and she just throws it on the ground, it’s hard to find things she likes. So thank you for this it helps =}

  8. I have two boys. My oldest son is getting very good at trying new things.

    Now my youngest, phew. He’s our little vegetarian. Won’t touch meat, at all! One bite of bacon, maybe two, and that’s good enough to him. No chicken, no beef, pork…ham, nothing. He loves to eat yogurt, milk, cheese, strawberries are his favorite, blue berries, black berries, apples, cuties, oranges, loves grapes as well. Oh, and those darn noodles (Top Ramen)! He is a healthy eater but never touches his dinner.

    We stopped making two meals before he was even old enough to eat solids. Every time we ask him to eat he gags. He even made himself puke once…we’ve tried every trick on the book. Telling him he will grow big and strong, asking his brother to help us out (they are very close buddies) adding things he likes to the meal, bribes, but nothing!

    This is so frustrating!! Anyone else has more tips on this?

  9. Love the tips. Our son would only eat chicken nuggets with ketchup for a long time. Finally weaned him off eventually. LOL!

  10. My kids are grown now but I always had a rule that they had to try one bite. It gets the in the habit of at least trying and sometimes they find they actually like something

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