Saturday Sideshow: My kid won’t eat

Posted By on February 7, 2009 6:00 am

A weekly look at stuff other than baseball…

In a couple of weeks my son is going to be 6 years old, which is really quite a remarkable¬†accomplishment for the little guy considering that he doesn’t eat. When I say “doesn’t eat,” that is only a slight exaggeration. He’ll eat hot dogs (sometimes) and grilled cheese sandwiches (sometimes) and of course he’ll eat all the dry cereal he can get his hands on. Even better if you pour it into a Ziploc and let him carry it around. “I want cerealinabag”!

Fruits and vegetables? No chance. Sometimes he’ll eat mandarin oranges, and he used eat black olives (ironically, one of the more gross vegetables), but that’s it.

He’s also one of those kids who refuses — sometimes more violently than other times — to have the offending foods on his plate, or even on someone else’s plate nearby.

We’ve had plenty of “you’re not getting this till you eat that” standoffs, but somehow it doesn’t seem productive to make such a huge deal out of it. So most of the time we end up just letting him not eat. He winds up making up for it in the morning by eating half a box of Cheerios. In a bag, of course.

While we’re waiting for him to outgrow this, anyone got any suggestions?

On to other things:

  • Did you notice I now have one of those cool favorites icons? It’s a baseball.
  • My site is now one-month old. I’ve had four visitors from Africa so far.¬†
  • Psst, got a great investment tip for you. Guaranteed return. Put all your money here, and you’ll be ahead of most people in the country.
  • Poker tip of the week: I’ve never seen anyone stack their chips in piles of 10 who was any good. Good players put their chips in piles of 20. Why? A rack comes in stacks of 20, so it’s sort of the standard. People who keep their chips in 10s do it because they’re not used to handling chips and it makes counting easier.

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4 Responses to “Saturday Sideshow: My kid won’t eat”

  1. Lori Fletcher says:

    Love the sideshow honey! Of course, I’m a little bit biased.

  2. George says:


    Great site, maybe just drop the A’s stuff and keep it all Giants? ;) When I was a kid, about a decade ago, I used to stuff the food I didn’t want to eat down the throat of a toy T-Rex I had. The parents had a “you have to eat everything on the plate before you leave the table” policy. Oddly enough, the food would always be gone when I went to get the dinosaur for the next meal. I just figured he ate all those Brussel Sprouts.

    I dont have any advice on the kid front as I’m not experienced in that field, but maybe provide some sort of incentive-based deal?

    Also, is there any way you can somehow sneak into Sabean’s office and file the paperwork for DFAing Dave Roberts, so our .300 hitting Olympian can get in the lineup? That would be great. Thanks.

    Great work though, always a fun read.

  3. Jeff Fletcher says:

    George, don’t think the incentives will work. I once offered him 20 bucks to eat one blueberry, just to prove a point. He still wouldn’t do it.

    As for Dave Roberts, I think you have to get rid of him and one of the starters (Winn/Lewis/Rowand) before Schierholtz gets more playing time.

  4. Ken Arneson says:

    I was that kid when I was a kid. I had a menu of about 10 things I’d eat. I mostly grew out of it as a teenager, but not completely. I still won’t eat seafood.

    The only thing I know that works is to change the context. Meaning, mostly, leave him at a friend’s house, where there are different eating rules, so you’re not around. Send him off to camp. Leave him alone in a room with some food you suspect he’s curious about, but won’t try with you around. That sort of thing.

    It’s probably not going to happen at your normal dinner table, unless maybe it’s through some long, drawn out progressive process. Like make a new rule that he doesn’t have to eat what’s on his plate, but it has to stay on his plate. A stable rule that doesn’t change for a year or so, until that becomes normal, and then maybe you can progress to a “one-bite” rule.

    If you see him eating something new, don’t make a big deal about his accomplishment. Dont’ say anything, or if you do, just treat it as matter-of-fact, as normal. The fear of embarrassment becomes greater than the fear of the food.

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