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"Sushi," says my 8-year-old. "Can I have sushi for lunch
I panic. Who does my
kid think I am, the head chef at Nobu? Quite frankly, I'm in the midst of
heating some chicken nuggets for his lunch. I'd planned on throwing in some
ketchup, cutting up an apple and calling it a meal. But my kid seems to have other ideas.
"Sorry buddy," I say. "But at least you get chicken
He starts to whimper. "Aww," he says through snot tears. "I wanted
My 4-year-old-daughter chimes in, "Chicken nuggets!
I look at my two little monsters, realizing I have created
them. See my kids aren't rude or picky eaters. They're not finicky at meals nor
are they kids who will only eat burgers and fries. They're worse. They're food
snobs and it's all my fault.
See, ever since my kids were eating solids, I was determined
to give them an extended palette in relation to food. I wanted them to try food
from different countries as opposed to just eating pasta and pizza. I gave them
salad and sushi, steak and salmon. The
problem is, they liked it. And now that's all they want to eat.
Sometimes unhealthy trumps Mom having to cook a Michelin star meal for her kid each and every time the kid's stomach growls.
If you have a pasta-only eater or a kid who gauges at the
sight of anything green, you're probably scratching your head wondering what's
the big deal. The big deal is that as
our children get older we have school drop offs, lunches to pack and soccer
bags to organize. We don't always have
time to fillet bronzino so our kid can pretend like he's dining in the South of
France when he eats lunch at school.
Sometimes we need our children to eat food that is quick, pre-prepared or
store bought. It's not always as healthy, but sometimes unhealthy trumps Mom
having to cook a Michelin star meal for her kid each and every time the kid's
stomach growls. So if you're envious of
my kid's taste for lobster paella because your kid will only eat pasta, don't be. My
kids eat like they are reviewing the food for the New York Times. Your kids
And if you're wondering if your picky little eater is
actually the world's smallest food snob, here's how you know.
1. When you take your kid to McDonald's, he asks to meet the
2. If you take your kid to get a smoothie, she asks for proof
that the fruit is fresh.
3. Your kid approaches Halloween candy like a catch-and-release day of fishing. He goes trick-or-treating just for "the experience," but hands all the candy back to its owner after looking at the label to
realize the candy's not imported.
4. For her birthday party, your daughter asks for the theme
to be, "Farm to Table."
5. At a recent birthday party, your kid returned her pizza
to the host and asked for trout instead.
6. It's snack time. Your kid asks for foie gras.
7. Your daughter wants to name the new family dog, "Kale."
So if you've been stressing out because your kid will only
eat food that comes from a box, stop worrying. Count your blessings and
remember it could be worse. You could have a food snob on your hands instead. Or worse
yet, two of them.