Last year Caitlin ate raw clams with Tabasco sauce. This year I can't get her to eat anything. Some days I wonder how she doesn't pass out from hunger. It does explain her perpetual state of crankiness. Caitlin does eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy things but she only eats them if it is her idea. I want her to eat the same meals we are eating and not make separate food for her. Some days she even refuses to eat those too.
We have tried different approaches with very little success. We got hard core and decided she would eat what we had for dinner or she wouldn't eat. She opted to not eat 9 out of 10 times. She wasn't eating from lunch time till breakfast the next day. We did give her milk before bed since it is apart of her bedtime routine.
We have tried bribing her with trips to the ice cream store among other things. She would sometimes eat almost enough but would stubbornly stop just short. We are NOT enforcing a "clean plate club" either. We simply want her to eat something. If I say eat 2 chicken nuggets she will eat 1 1/2.
We have tried to give her a choice of two meals. (Not exactly what I want but it is closer.) She would pick a meal and still not eat it.
We have tried having her help us cook the meal. She enjoys the cooking part but still doesn't eat much.
So I'm asking, no I'm begging for help and ideas. What have you done that has worked? Is this just one of the many joys of having a 3 year old girl?