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Subject: Re: My son, the picky eater (long) Date: 10/12/2000 10:15 AM
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RenaissanceWoman, (great name, btw!)

I have no kids, no good ideas, or anything else helpful, but I just want to say you sound like a wonderful mom dealing with a 'picky eater.'

There was a bit of a tangent on an LBYM thread some days ago, but I want to say how difficult it is for you not to use undue force on your child amidst the obvious difficulty to ensure he's nourished and fed despite it. My own parents used forcefeeding in our family growing up. Let's just say it wasn't pleasant then and as an adult now, I often find myself tremendously conflicted about whether they ever really cared about my good nutrition (and think of all those 'starving children' in whereever), or if it was one of the earliest manifestations of their need to control. No, not all forcefeeding situations will result in some type of complex (heh), but I'm aware a balance must be made between your needs and his preferences; it would be unreasonable that only one of these issues are met adequately. Thank you for your determination to be a good parent while balancing your son's individual needs and preferences. Being a good parent is rarely easy, often guilt-laden.

Btw, the only think I could imagine is maybe discussing this with a professional who might be familiar with eating battles, such as your pediatrician or a dietician that specializes in dealing with pediatric nutrition.

Best wishes and good luck, DollarIQ.
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