25 Reasons My Six Year Old Won’t Eat That



1. There’s green stuff on it.

2. He doesn’t like that anymore, starting today.

3. It might make him throw up.

4. It’s staring at him.

5. It’s too fancy.

6. It doesn’t look like he thought it would.

7. His tummy is afraid of the color red.

8. It might make his tooth fall out.

9. Someone once told him it was bad.

10. It could be spicy and might make him cough.

11. It’s not ice cream.

12. It’s too warm.

13. Now it’s too cold.

14. He’s never had it before, so couldn’t he be allergic?

15. All his tummy wants is a peanut butter sandwich.

16. It’s not on his usual plate.

17. It came from the garden?! In dirt?

18. Dessert doesn’t look that great, so it’s not worth eating dinner for.

19. The dog wants it more than he does.

20. It looked better the last time he had it.

21. It smells funny.

22. His food tummy is full, only his dessert tummy is empty.

23. It’s too mushy.

24. It’s too crunchy.

25. It used to be alive!?

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  1. 2

    Danger Dad says

    Number one reason: you have failed to stimulate his appetite. The more physical activity you pack not his day, the less you will have this problem.

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      • 5

        dorene says

        hmmm,looks like we got another dummy,ok,i will shut up,but all kids & some older people,got into it too,,,,,,i can live on ice cream & toast-,fruit…………….

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        Kimberly Davis says

        Wow. I did not know I was lazy. Huh. Who knew. SO Does that mean I can stop choking down food I hate now?? I eat mostly healthy things I hate and it never gets better. I guess all those scientists who showed that food tastes more bitter to most picky eaters were full of it. Thanks for you judgment.

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    • 7

      MummyOfSeven says

      My son is on the move from 7am til midnight, sometimes later. He is never still, never runs out of energy and is a hugely picky eater. He also has ASD.
      Your argument is invalid.

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        Mama says

        My son ( age 3) is also on the run from early morning until late at night, and if it’s not “meat” packed into some kind of casing (hotdogs, bologna, sausage) he’s not interested. Other foods he *might* consider: jelly (hold the bread), yogurt, ketchup. Fruit is acceptable every few days.
        I do my best, but his picky eating is not my fault. It’s the product of him being a normal three year old.

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    • 11

      Marcy says

      Being smug is unattractive btw. Let me tell you that what she listed in this blog was completely accurate, as my 5 year old son has tried that and more! I am a foodie, I cook from scratch every day, I use my garden and locally sourced products and meats. He still prefers chicken nuggets, at least now he will eat the ones I make. Sometimes all I can get him to eat is peanut butter and a smoothie(with all kinds of things he has no idea I sneaked in!) My four year old daughter on the other hand eats everything, she will often eat a red pepper as a snack, she loves poached Salmon and wild rice. Kids are different, and as a parent all we can do is encourage good eating habits and make sure they get enough protein and veggies during the day, even if you have to disguise them as fruit smoothies. This was a fun and encouraging article to parents that deal with picky kids, I say kudos to her!

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    • 12

      Mary says

      What a load of you-know-what.

      I did daycare for seven years before having two of my own. I’ve had a pretty good variety of kids pass through my care. They’ve run the gamut, from kids who’d eat anything (including non-food items) to kids who wouldn’t touch certain foods if you could delude them into thinking it was a chocolate sundae.

      The one who comes to mind most strongly was three. He ate three food groups: ham patties (from a can), marshmallow fluff/peanutbutter sandwiches, and chicken from a specific restaurant. Dessert, if he felt like it, was reeses cups.

      That kid NEVER STOPPED MOVING. He was on the go from sun up to sun down, non stop. One of the most active kids I ever sat for. Very sweet, but constantly on the move. I have no idea how he maintained his weight eating as little as he did, but he managed.

      Today, he’s in his late 20s, and works at a college. He’s still one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever known, and he’s taller than me. lol

      In short… All kids are different. Yes, exercise can HELP stimulate appetite, but assuming that’s the “problem” with every picky eater is incredibly disrespectful and rude. Clearly someone’s mom didn’t teach him manners.

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      Omg. My kid LOVES eggs but loathes anything green and is not adventurous with fruit. I gave him scrambled eggs and attempted blueberries for breakfast one morning. The blueberries touched the eggs and turned a very small portion of his eggs green. He freaked out about it and ended up eating nothing. Lol…scurvy…seriously. ;-)

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