Children Crave The Predictability That So Many Foods Can’t Offer

How I tried to understand where my son was coming from and end mealtime battles

Kim Fedyk
Rooted

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“It’s too spicy.”

“It tastes like snot.”

“It’s just too eww. It makes me feel like all the blood is gone from my mouth.”

I looked at my five-year-old with frustration and forced patience. Each day there was a new reason he wouldn’t eat parts of his meals. I did have to applaud him on the last one though — if nothing else, his creativity was growing.

Although so was my annoyance.

I gave him the same explanations I gave him every day. “Buddy, it’s just pork, you have had this pork many times before. It isn’t any different.”

He pushed it around on his plate with his fork, “But Mommy this time it tastes different. Look it has this black thing.”

I appeased him and looked at the “black thing” on his pork. It was a piece of peppercorn — the same spice he had on his pork for years.

I opened my mouth to tell him this and then a thought hit me. It may be the same spice, but each time he has had it, it wouldn’t be the exact same amount.

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Kim Fedyk
Rooted

Published author, wife and mom. I blog about motherhood, life and my self-publishing journey