Does your child drive you crazy by rejecting normally accepted foods as they:
- have a bit of brown on them
- are a bit darker than usual
- seem different
- have bits in
- have bits on
- are colder/hotter/thicker/thinner/lumpier
- have touched something else
- are too close to the ....
The banana picture is the perfect example. I know in my house my middle-aged fussy child would only accept a 6. Sigh.
Rigidity of thought about food is very common for picky eaters and can get worse over time. The anxiety felt about foods means that anything slightly different shouldn't be risked. This is logical. If something may be awful why go there?
We spend a lot of time working with parents around strategies to overcome that rigidity. It's so important both for enabling a child to gradually branch out and also socially.
Being very specific about how something is presented makes it very challenging in social settings. Even if we eat pancakes at home we may not be able to accept them in someone else's house/a cafe as they are slightly different.
I have a book coming out soon which will give you step-by-step, practical strategies to work with your child around rigidity.
In the mean time which banana is OK?