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Whether you call it “picky eating,” “restricted eating,” or as some pediatricians like to call it, “avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder” (ARFID)— if you’ve got more than one kid, chances are you’ve got a kid whose acceptable foodstuffs can be counted on one hand.

We’ve each dealt with a picky eater at home. Amy’s teenager has pretty much outgrown it; Margaret’s still in the thick of it with her grade schooler. So we know from picky eating, and in this episode, we discuss

  • why picky eaters are NOT the result of bad parenting
  • why almost every kid suddenly becomes a picky eater at about the age of two
  • why picky eating can eventually get better on its own… but why we say you still gotta force the issue a little
  • how to get the daily dinnertime battle for control under control
  • how getting the picky eater motivated to solve the problem may be the quickest path to progress

 

If you have a picky eater, it’s not your fault. Leave the guilt behind and get to work! It takes time, it takes baby steps— but in this episode you’ll hear lots of ways to get started.

Here’s some of the studies and other links we reference in the episode:

  • a study in the journal Pediatrics suggesting a link between picky eating and other emotional issues, like anxiety and depression. Their results suggest that if your child’s picky eating is moderate or worse, intervention is important: