We have started giving Lily a few 'chores' around the house, mainly to do with dinner time. The past few weeks, we've asked her to help clear the table after we eat. I stand by the kitchen sink while Ryan is at the dining room table handing her one dish at a time. Which she promptly brings to me with a huge smile on her face. Last night we started asking her to help set the table. Again, she was pretty excited to be put to work.
(pictures have nothing to do with this post. but she sure is cute, isn't she! :)
We started this in an attempt to get her more interested in eating dinner with us. To say we have a picky eater lately is an understatement. She eats her few favorite things - turkey hotdogs, PBJ sandwiches, chicken strips, peas, yogurt, and any kind of fruit. That's it. If you try to give her something else (and I do try every day), she almost panics saying "no, No, NO, NOOOOO Mommy". I've tried cutting back on snacks to make sure she is hungry. I've tried just letting her go hungry if she doesn't eat what I give her. I'm not sure what else I should be doing.
Ryan thinks I worry too much. That he was a picky eater and turned out all right. That she will eventually grow up and be more adventurous with food.
I tell him it's my job to worry. So back off buddy.