My fiance's son only eats a handful of things. He used to eat most everything when he was a baby, but as time progresses he eats less and less even foods he used to like. On thanksgiving I am making a homemade turkey dinner, but the kid will be eating a frozen one because that is what he likes. Turkey is turkey and fresh turkey is much better! If he were my son I would make him eat what the rest of us were eating or let him go without. I am not talking about making the kid eat green peppers or onions, but things he already likes. My fiance caters to his whims. If he doesn't like what we are eating he goes to McDonald's and gets him chicken nuggets or takes him to another restaurant because he doesn't like the corn dog at that particular restaurant when corn dogs is actually one of the few things he does eat. The kid even said "If my mom and dad were meaner when I was a baby I'd eat more." The kid does eat fishsticks at the babysitters, but not at home because she doesn't cater to him the way his parents do and the kid probably knows if he doesn't eat then he is going to be hungry. I try to not get involved and let my fiance raise his kid the way he wants to, but I did voice my irritation over all this "I don't like it stuff," and told my fiance the kid was out of control with it. He is a pretty good natured kid, and ANY five-year-old would eat only a few things if they could get away with it, but I fear over time if his whims are continually catered to and he continues to get whatever he wants that he is going to be unmanageable. It is hard being the step parent and watching things be done differently, but I feel my fiance has a right to raise his son the way he wants to, but I fear going down this path that things are going to continue to get more and more difficult. Suggestions about the picky eating solution and suggestions about what to do as a step parent. I typically try to stay uninvolved, but I am only human and it is very irritating.
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