Bad Dad Confession: I Give My Picky Eater A Boost With Meal Shakes

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My kids are picky eaters.

I really tried hard to not make it happen, I made all their baby food from scratch, and it included lots of flavour and variety. But something happened along the way… I got lazy, or they got picky, or a combination of both and now I am left with serving up the same thing for dinner every night.

Zacharie, 5, will only eat rice, noodles (plain), veggie dogs, and chicken strips (if I feel like waiting 40 minutes for him to eat 2. He’ll also readily chomp on hand friendly vegetables like carrots, red pepper, and cucumbers.

As an aside, you NEED to see the video of him freaking out when we tried to feed him lasagna.  He screamed because the noodles had sauce. It’s awesome.

For breakfast, he will stick to Cheerios or toaster waffles. Lunch at school is the toughest. We send him with yogurt, apple sauce, sandwiches, cheese, and all the good things. Yet it comes home half-eaten, on a good day. He’s a slow eater, and left to his own devices amongst his peers, he’ll chat instead of chow.

He weighs just about 45 pounds, and stands 47 inches tall. That puts him right in the middle percentile for weight, but his height has him near the top of the graph. He’s a tall and skinny kid. He’s tall enough to have 6 yr old pant sizes, but he needs them cinched very tight else they fall right off.

I’d love it if my son had a better diet. I’d love it if he had another 3-5 pounds on him to keep him strong, and healthy. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been buying some meal supplement shakes and pouring off half of it into his morning milk. The idea is its some extra, balanced calories to supplement the rather limited selection of foods he eats.

So I got my back up a bit when a childless pal of mine fired off a tweet today.

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