I have a wonderful cousin, my aunt had him late in life and so, I am technically old enough to be his very young mother. Because he is the last of my aunt’s children he was always treated as more precious than his older siblings. He breast fed till 3, wore nappies till almost 4 and always gets his way. I observed this behaviour a lot because I would often babysit him.
To this day, he is a very fussy eater. His diet consists of chicken nuggets, Milo, chocolate yoghurt and ice cream. Our families spent Christmas together and while the rest of the family dined on roast lamb and veggies, his meal consisted of chicken nuggets. That was it. I sometimes wonder if he would be less fussy had his parents not pandered to his every whim and allowed him to try different foods. I can’t imagine such a limited diet would be good for his health in the long term but I can’t dictate what he should or shouldn’t eat.
However, I am now pregnant with my own baby and I do wonder, will my child be a fussy eater? Are fussy eaters JUST spoiled kids or is there more to it than that? I’m really hoping to have the kind of child who loves vegetables, I know that’s entirely wishful thinking but I grew up eating everything. I do look at my cousin and think, I hope my child isn’t spoiled like him. I hope my child will be adventurous with food and not be the type of kid who only wants McDonald’s or cereal or something riddled with sugar. So again, I wonder are fussy eaters made or born?
Posted anonymously, 9th May 2015