Y'all I feel like I'm failing a little as a parent. I need some advice. These past few months my kids have gone from amazing eaters to the typical kid. If it were up to my kids they would eat Tyson chicken nuggets, cupcakes, and chocolate chips for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They will not try anything new and everything is "yucky". If I were forceful and didn't make them something different for meals they would literally starve. I've actually had them throw up at the dinner table because I made them try something they didn't like.
I never wanted my kids to be "typical" eaters. By typical I mean grilled cheese sandwiches, goldfish crackers, pudding cups, boxed mac-n-cheese... I feel like a hypocrite. I give all of this nutritional advice to people but I don't feed my kids the way I think everyone should eat. The more focused I get on my kids nutrition the more I feel like we slip into that typical lifestyle.
For instance, here's what I normally offer them:
Breakfast- Kashi waffle with grass fed butter, pure maple syrup, and berries.
They eat all of this.
Lunch- Plain triscuits, carrot sticks, organic string cheese, organic deli turkey, and a pickle.
They eat the crackers.
Afternoon Snack- Apple and parmesan cheese.
They eat all of this probably because they didn't eat much for lunch.
Dinner- Ground turkey, brown rice, broccoli, squash.
They eat the rice.
What I'm offering looks great but they don't eat a lot of it. "The turkey is yucky". "I only like parmesan cheese". "I don't like carrots".
Where did I go wrong? or did I even go wrong?
-Am I too hard on them? Am I too focused on nutrition?
-Am I too relaxed? Do they get too many treats too often?
-Are they exposed to too many junk food situations?
-Are my expectations unreasonable? Should I expect them to actually like kale chips and green smoothies? I mean most kids eat poptarts, lunchables, and pizza rolls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
-Is this just a phase? Are they just being "kids"?
I've tried pulling in the reins a little tighter. No treats, no eating out, no snacking... I've tried being more relaxed. Cupcakes for dinner? Sure! I can't find a happy medium and I feel like it's a constant battle. So much food goes to waste because they pick at it or throw it at the dogs.
It might seem silly to be so concerned with all of this but I feel like the way they eat now teaches them how to eat later in life. Obviously America isn't teaching anyone a thing about nutrition so it's up to me...
What are your thoughts? I'd love any advice on this.