In Daily life on January 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

            Many times I have been accused of ‘spoiling’ my son Joshua when it comes to eating – or shall I say lack of eating.  However dealing with an ASD – specifically aspergers, can leave a child dealing with so many issues on such a high scale that really his lack of variety in his food choices doesn’t really bother me as much as it used to.

            Having six children makes meal times somewhat chaotic anyhow, so having one child who refuses to eat the same food as his siblings due to the smell, look, and whatever else bothers him doesn’t really affect us.  The good news is that the rest of my children are great eaters in particular my two daughters.  They are usually willing to try anything and rarely complain about any food that is put on the table. 

            That being said, every child is not going to like the same foods all the time so I try to offer a variety of choices at each meal.  This avoids me becoming a short order cook and assists in keeping my sanity in check.  For example for dinner I might make chicken, pasta, cooked veggies and garlic bread.  My daughters will gobble it all, some of my boys will avoid the cooked veggies but still get a handful of veggie goodness in the pasta sauce, and Joshua will eat the garlic bread – not much but at least he is eating something. 

            Joshua’s eating issues used to really stress me but over the years I have come to realize that it is due to having an ASD and sensory issues, and has nothing to do with me or how I parent my children.  If my parenting skills were in question well then I suppose all my children would have eating issues, but they don’t they are typical children with typical eating habits.

            Joshua is growing, healthy and strong so I know he is getting what he needs and that is all that matters.  Do I hope he is able to experience more enjoyment in a variety of foods as he gets older rather than just the handful he will have now?  Of course I do, but I am not counting down the days until that happens, but what about you?  Do have picky eaters in your house of plenty, or do you have children that enjoy all foods?  How do you deal with meal times?  I look forward to hearing that I am not the only one who deals with eating issues.

Until next time



  1. My 5 yr old is a terribly picky eater and always has been! Her food preferences are pasta, hot dogs, pepperoni, oatmeal, toast, smoothies and yogurt…she does drink loads of milk which is possibly one of the culprits but I am not going to deny her the one most important source of protein! She is growing steadily and the dr is not concerned so for now I continue to sneak veggies and fruit in where I can. Smoothies are a big bonus but Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious has helped me learn how to sneak some veggies into things they love (like french toast with sweet potato or squash and brownies with spinach, yes, SPINACH!!!).

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