Even Cookbook Authors Can Have Picky Kids

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A question for parents fighting food battles with their young kiddos: Would it make you feel better to know that even authors of cookbooks struggle with their own little picky eaters? No? Well, it should. It's not just you. I promise. That said, Debbie Koenig, author of the soon-to-be-released cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too, shares the fight she's been having with her son for, well, awhile now. She wonders how to stop caring so much.

I recommend going and sharing your experiences with her after checking out a bit of what she's dealing with from the beginning of her post:

PickyI just lost again. Another mealtime with Harry, another ugly episode that starts with him walking into the kitchen, looking over dinner, and stamping his feet in protest, and escalates over the course of the meal into a battle of wills that, even when I win, I lose.

As requested Harry tasted the roasted butternut squash—the one-inch cube of exquisitely soft, maple-glazed deliciousness—but only after many reminders that it still sat on his plate. (Why didn’t I just stop? Why didn’t I just walk away then?) Finally, after Stephen and I had finished our entire meal, Harry took one tiny bite, microscopic really, and grimaced and groaned and fought back tears and chewed and chewed and chewed until there was nothing left in his mouth but smashed neutrons and electrons. (Why didn’t he just swallow it in one gulp? It was minuscule enough to go down without even chewing.) And then he asked the same question he’s been asking at every dinner for months now:

“Did I eat enough to get dessert?”

And the answer, as much as I didn’t want to say it, was no. We’d agreed earlier that he would eat the entire (quite small) piece. He’d forced me to draw a line in the sand, I drew it, and I just couldn’t get past it.

Read more from Losing the Picky Eater Way at Parents Need to Eat Too