Even parents of the most voracious eaters await the day when their child will suddenly say, “I don’t like this” and refuse to eat any of the food you cooked with love. In many homes, this is known as the mac-and-cheese stage of parenting.
And mom of two Hilary Duff is no different. As the mom shared on social media, she is currently in the throes of picky eating. Luckily, however, Duff has figured out a few things that her daughter Banks, who turned one in October, enjoys eating on a regular basis.
One of those foods are homemade granola bars. The actress took to social media to share a picture of the delicious treat she makes for her daughter on her Instagram story.
Hilary Duff Talks Struggle of Having a Picky Eater in the House
The mom wrote, “Made these healthy/amazing treats for Banks. She’s a very picky eater right now and LOVES them. One problem…so do I!”
However, while she found success with the homemade granola bars, that’s not to say that Banks enjoys everything her mom whips up in the kitchen. Duff attempted the go-to parenting move of hiding veggies in a more appealing food but Banks caught on pretty quickly.
In a series of photos posted to her Story, Duff initially thought she had her 1-year-old daughter fooled. “She didn’t realize there were mashed veggies inside…such a dirty mom trick,” Duff wrote alongside a photo of Banks seemingly enjoying her veggie stuffed noodle.
But atlas, Banks ultimately figured out how to get around the healthy stuff. In a second photo, Duff shared a pic of Banks picking out all of the veggies from the dish Duff made and left them uneaten on her tray. “She ate just the noodle covering,” the mom wrote with a rolling-eye emoji.
Duff isn’t the first parent to deal with a picky eater, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. In terms of coping strategies, the Mayo Clinic recommends not pushing your child to eat or getting caught up in a power struggle. It’s also suggested that parents always serve meals and snacks at the same general time.
The Mayo Clinic further reports that you shouldn’t start cooking up a bunch of different items based on your child’s whims – give them a meal and stick to it, even if they don’t eat it. The picky-eater phase is not an easy one, but like most things in parenting, this too shall pass.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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