Picky Eater… Sometimes

I see a lot of articles about picky toddlers. They don’t pertain to me, though, because I don’t have one of those. In fact, there are only two things my toddler doesn’t like:

1. Produce

2. Protein

OK, maybe there are a few other things.

Maybe he doesn’t even have to be at the table: a cursory glance as he passes by is enough to deduce he doesn’t like what’s on offer.

I offer an array of options on his plate like the experts suggest, but he’s not easily impressed. He brings to mind that Looney Tunes king who laments, “Every day the same thing: Variety.”

I know one day all I’ll see is his butt sticking out of the fridge, but for now I often wonder how he’s still alive. I’d be starving! Maybe those granola-bar-in-carseat or smartie-in-dustpan finds are keeping him going. People would think I don’t feed the guy.

Some days, no amount of ketchup or syrup or “shakey cheese” can give a dish appeal for our selective son. But, later in the same day, we can barely keep him from putting his face into his bubble bath and resurfacing with a sudsy tongue (because hilarious), or taking in full cheeks of pool water at the Preschool Swim. The Preschool Swim, where there are a good 30 families, with babies and toddlers in swim diapers, marinating in the same pool.  I think I’m insulted. But I may be on to something.


Two exciting upcoming events:

Blog Out Loud is back for 2015! Part of the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, it’s an evening featuring bloggers (like me) who will read one of their best posts from the past year. It was a great show last year, with an awesome variety of contributors. This year, it’s taking place at the Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street in Ottawa, at 6:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!

The Ottawa International Childrens Festival is taking place May 4-13. The festival features award-wining theatre, dance, music and activities for children, youth and their families. I’ve been offered complimentary tickets to a show in exchange for writing/cartooning about my family’s experience, and I can’t wait! The show “Toutou” is already sold out, so we’re going to check out Michel Lauziere, the “Master of Unusual Comedy,” which will be just as fun for me as it will be for the kids (if not more), by the looks of the preview. More to come.


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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Food, Ottawa Events

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    Your cartoons are fantastic! You have great skill!

    Your child, will of course, eat more one day. I wish you buckets of patience in the mean time!

  2. KD says:

    I haven’t experienced this (yet anyway!) but I love the cartoons!

  3. Charlene A. says:

    Love the cartoons! Such an original idea for blogging. I can definitely relate to this article; things we wouldn’t dream of touching (never mind eating) are no problem for little ones. But, the moment we place pizza (homemade or otherwise) on the table…forget it! So yeah, I can relate big time (mom of two boys here + toddler girl).

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    As usual I love your cartoons, brilliant! I was lucky, I didn’t have a really picky eater perhaps because they knew there was only what was on the table and if they didn’t eat it then the other 6 would. 🙂

  5. kristen visser says:

    the cartoons are funny! and my daughter is just like this! she eats the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday! she knows what she likes and sticks to it. anytime we try something new she doesnt want it. but we never give up. i know one day she will wanna eat something other then pb&j, macaroni and spaghetti lol

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha I love your cartoons!

  7. kathy downey says:

    lol,love the cartoon

  8. kathy downey says:

    My grandson gets on a new kick every couple of weeks eating just one thing over and over,last month is was Snow peas,now its meatballs.He is so fussy eating and food touching another food well hes just not eating it.

  9. kathy downey says:

    lol your cartoons kill me

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