My first child ate everything... no sweat. At age two, she loved steamed veggies, ate tomatoes, and gobbled up salads. There weren't any mealtime battles. I simply ate healthy foods, and served Sophie what we were having. At 10, she is still a healthy eater. Broccoli is her favorite food.
I was convinced I had done something right, and told my friends that their picky eaters would be fine as long as they just served them what the whole family was eating. As only a first time mom can do... I knew just enough to be dangerous, and thought all children were like my Sophie. Ha! My second and third children were so painfully picky, that tears of frustration were a regular part of dinnertime! ;) They still have a really rough time eating veggies.
Thank GOD for Lucy, who is also a great eater. Mom needed a break from mealtime battles.
Though I obviously didn't learn my lesson about one-size-fits-all parenting advice... because Lucy is determined to keep me on my toes when it comes to potty training.
With my first three kiddos, I just waited until they turned three or near enough, and let them choose some really fantastic undies with their favorite characters. Then, when we ran out of diapers, I just didn't buy more. I only took a week or so for each kid to get the hang of using the potty. No tears, no stress... just making it a natural part of the day.
Lucy? Oh boy. Lucy has decided that she will NOT ever use the potty. In fact, I quote: "NOOOO! I not sit on the potty! I pee pee in diapers! Gimme diaper!"
So we have pulled out the bribe of the century... pink marshmellows. She has, so far, gotten two of them for two sucessful potty trips. But this is not going to be easy.
Dear Every Mom I Have Ever Given Advice To On This Subject,
I am sorry. What works for one does NOT work for all.