"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.

35 Reasons My Kids Won’t Eat What You’ve Made


Hey, don’t take it personally if my kids won’t eat something you’ve made for them. Really, it’s not you, it’s them. And after 5 years, I’ve begun to crack the code on why my kids sometimes don’t eat their food. Here’s what I’ve learned so far . . .

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  1. It looks funny
  2. It smells funny
  3. It feels funny
  4. It tastes funny
  5. It’s too mushy
  6. It’s too hard
  7. It’s too hot
  8. It’s too cold
  9. It’s too spicy
  10. There’s too much
  11. There’s not enough
  12. There’s green stuff in it
  13. There’s brown stuff in it
  14. There’s orange stuff in it
  15. There’s yellow stuff in it
  16. There’s red stuff in it
  17. They ate it yesterday
  18. They’ve never had it before
  19. Their friends don’t like it
  20. There’s no ketchup to go with it
  21. It’s not covered in chocolate
  22. They can’t pronounce it
  23. They’re full
  24. They have belly aches
  25. Their mouths hurt
  26. Their throats hurt
  27. Their hands are broken
  28. They don’t like the utensils
  29. The dog won’t eat it
  30. The cat won’t eat it
  31. They want something else
  32. It “accidentally” dropped on the ground
  33. They’re saving it for later
  34. It’s on their plate and not yours
  35. The dessert you’ve promised them if they eat it all is not adequate

Author: Mamma Wild Thing

I'm a mamma to four little wild things and can't imagine life any other way. (Well, most days.)

11 thoughts on “35 Reasons My Kids Won’t Eat What You’ve Made

  1. I loved these. And after raising my own 3, I can tell you these are spot on!!

  2. Perfect list! My kids would add “It’s too spicy” and “I’m not hungry. Oh wait, can I have a snack?”

  3. Great list! I love how my kids are like “i’m full” which really means, forget this crap, bring on the dessert! My kids also hate dintercourse. That’s when two foods are touching in some unholy way in their eyes.

  4. My son is a picky eater in a house full of people that will eat anything edible.

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  6. My kids like the generic “It’s gross.” They cover all the bases with that one. And no, they have not tasted it to determine if in fact, it is gross. Did I mention they are teenagers??

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