I, too, have a picky eater (in fact, a 10-year-old boy who is also horrified at slaughter conditions and who won't eat at McDonald's because of the McCruelty site).The rest of my family are not vegies, although they eat a lot of vegie food because I'm the main cook in the household. I'll often do a meat side-dish, with the major part of the meal being vegie stuff. He won't eat ANYTHING green (to the extent that he once picked all the oregano off his pizza before he'd eat it). His tastes tend to run toward hot dogs, ramen noodles and macaroni & cheese.I have never believed in forcing children to eat anything. We have a rule, though, called the "No Thank You" helping. The kids have to take at least a little spoonful of everything, and try it. They're welcome to have more if they end up liking the food. I always make sure to offer SOMETHING the kids will eat -- usually breadsticks, corn, or something like that. His gustatory horizons have opened up a little bit using this system. But not much.I've decided that I'm just not going to worry about it. It's not a power struggle, and I have to respect his preferences. He's growing, basically healthy, and doesn't seem to be starving.That's how I handle the picky eater in my family.It sounds like you're doing what you can do!
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