My four-year-old ,Eli, is totally stressing me out, when it comes to the consumption of vegetables. He does not and will not eat them. NONE of them. Aaargh!!!!
Up until now, it didn’t bother me very much, because he does eat his veggies at school, where I guess he is motivated by peer-pressure. I often ask his teachers to please double-check if he indeed does eat the vegetables they offer in the various lunch meals, and if the pictures and video’s they send me are anything to go by, then he is getting in some veggies. (But on occasion.)
BUT! At home he simply refuses to eat any veggies and his standard answer is that he only eats veggies at school, so therefore his quota has been reached. What the heck? Surely, it’s not healthy to live off dry rice, pasta, meat and the occasional cheese, right?
I really have tried everything, I am trying the old-school method of, “you won’t leave this table till you have eaten all your food,”method. It’s not working, I don’t like forcing him and well for some reason, this child has will-power of a samurai. Aaargh!!!! And I don’t. Sigh.
So here we are, a few months away from going to the big school, where lunch won’t be provided by the school and I will be responsible for packing my son’s lunch. This thought gives me nightmares. Nightmares of Eli not eating his lunch, even if it’s a yummy sarmie (because he also doesn’t like bread). Then when he is at home he will refuse to eat the veggies presented to him at dinner as well.
It’s frustrating to say the least, because he loves to eat, as long it’s the things he wants to eat. I really don’t know what to do, I mean I sometimes drench broccoli and cauliflower in cheese-sauce, but I think it defeats the purpose of eating healthily, and of course the moment he spots the “green” veggie, he literally screams. I kid you not!
I genuinely worry that he is not receiving proper nutrition and I feel it’s my responsibility to provide him with the best nutrition possible. I don’t think daily vitamins in the morning is sufficient . He does eat fruit to be fair , but is that enough? Or should I just give up and let him be.