My Man and I have always offered new and interesting foods to our children. I used to think that the reason some kids only ate "kid" junk food was only because they were only offered this type of food. Although I think this is often the reason a lot of kids eat only hot dogs and chicken nuggets, I had my ass kicked on my theory when our youngest became a very picky eater. It was around the time she weaned, she started gagging at the sight or smell of strongly flavored foods, going to restaurants became nearly impossible and she was eventually diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. She also has Tourette Syndrome and Aspergers Syndrome, so this is completely neurological.
Some kids are "Super Tasters" and anything strongly flavored or smelling will cause gagging and food refusal. When you see a kid eating nothing but chicken nuggets, pizza and hot dogs, don't be judgmental and automatically think their parents are not doing their job. The child could
have a serious, impossible to treat neurological disorder that is causing their food needs.
Our older two kids are very adventurous eaters, the youngest has a limited diet. Even therapy hadn't helped. It sucks, but, what bothers me the most is when people think I only "allowed" her to have crappy foods. People are SO fucking judgmental when it comes to other people's kids
, (everything is "the parent's fault") especially when they themselves have no children
and are clueless about child rearing (NO, nieces and nephews over for the weekend do NOT count as "knowing how to take care of kids") or only have a little baby and have yet to have their ass kicked by child rearing IRL!
I agree that introducing children to interesting and new foods is always a good idea. But, if you get a kid with Sensory Processing Disorder who is a Super Taster, all that work will be for naught.