Who needs food anyway?

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Matthew doesn’t want to eat food. He will ask for biscuits (he doesn’t eat chips so his savoury snack is Bakers Mini Cheddars), sweets, Oros, etc. The minute I give him food, he turns his nose up at it and refuses to eat. I have since taken to only giving him something he will eat, like bread with peanut butter or toasted cheese.

Last night I went through my normal questions trying to get him to eat. It went something like this.

Me: Matthew, can I make you peanut butter bread?
Matthew: Hmmmm Neh (the neh sound was dragged out and sounded like those American kids saying no in a snobbish tone)
Me: But Matthew, you need to eat. Can I make you cheese bread?
Matthew: Mommy, when I say “Neh” it means I don’t want to eat anything.
Me: o_O

Trying to get him to taste food is another problem. He will cry and sulk and go hungry instead of just tasting something. There was an episode on Team Umizoomi on Nick Jnr where they spoke about trying something and how you won’t know if you liked it if you didn’t try it. We watched this episode together with Matthew. I have tried using this logic with him but he is having none of it.

Recently, his go to answer when asked if he wants to eat is “No thank you, Mommy. My tummy is not lekker” WTH?!?! Where does this child come up with these things?

I am just so done with fighting with him. I can’t deal with the worry about him not eating but I can’t also stress too much with him that he needs to eat. I suppose as long as he isn’t dehydrated and getting his vitamins, he should be ok?

Anybody else suffer with this? How do 4 year olds survive on nothing but air? Any suggestions?


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0 thoughts on “Who needs food anyway?

  1. laurakim says:

    Maybe it is a four year old thing. Jack is not big on eating. He does eat at school so I offer at night but I don’t stress about it!

    • kimmul says:

      He eats at creche as well but the time between lunch and dinner is so long that I worry he’s going hungry. Maybe I shouldn’t complain, one of these days I will have a teenager and my complaint then will be that he doesn’t STOP eating lol. Thank you for the comment 🙂

  2. Heather says:

    Shame, you have my sympathies. Nicky hardly ever finishes his food. My aim is just to get him to take a few bites.

    • Kim Muller says:

      Worst part about trying to get Matthew to take a few bites is that he won’t even taste the food. Just completely refuses to even put a tiny little bit into his mouth lol

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