For all those moms whose children are picky eaters, I feel your pain. I really do.
We were recently on vacation in Dubai and were staying at a hotel which like most good hotels had a lavish breakfast buffet. But Nadir refused to eat anything.
“The cereal is not sweet enough”, “The toast is too dry”, “The banana is too squishy”, “The croissant is too big”, he had an excuse for not eating every single thing offered to him.
Finally I decided to leave him in the room with his Dad while I, at least enjoyed the breakfast. I had just sat down with my plate full of delicious chocolaty pancakes, melt in the mouth butter croissants and juicy fresh fruit when my phone rang.
“Mama, I want to do potty!”
“Right, then do it! Your father is there isn’t he to help you clean up?”
“Yes but he doesn’t know what to do! Please come!”
I tried to stuff as many pancakes in my mouth as I could before I had to rush off to respond to the latest emergency.
I order the school lunch for Nadir in the hope that while eating with his friends he may be inclined to try out some new food. Sometimes he eats it but sometimes he doesn’t. And of course he always has a good reason for not eating.
“I tasted the chicken, it was disgusting!” “I didn’t have the rice because it had peas in it.” “I didn’t have the rice because it didn’t have anything in it!”
Sometimes he’ll just forget whether he ate or not at school, so I leave him until he asks for something himself.
We are soon going on vacations and I am dreading to think what Nadir will do there. Let’s hope he decides to eat what’s available and not worry me too much. After all I deserve a break too.