A mum has been slammed online for ‘enabling’ her picky-eating toddler by letting her have doughnuts for ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’.
Elizabeth Maclay took to TikTok to share a video of her fussy toddler Mila refusing a dinner of Mac and Cheese and vegetables.
The mum appeared exhausted as she pleaded with her toddler to ‘just try it’ and explained the two-year-old had been excited for the meal while it was cooking.
‘Honestly, I thought breastfeeding was hard, but then I got a picky toddler. Meal times are stressful, but I have learned to pick my battles, and somedays that means donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner,’ she said.
In the video she asks the little girl to have a bite – but is met with a screwed up face and the youngster pushing the dinner away.
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A mum has been slammed online for ‘enabling’ her picky-eating toddler by letting her have doughnuts for ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’
She then asks for cake pops for dinner instead and howls when Elizabeth says they don’t have any.
Mila then confirms she doesn’t want any dinner.
Her mum says she needs to eat and they settle on ‘pink cookies’ which are protein-rich strawberry flavoured bars.
Mila takes one bite happily before crying and pushing it away.
She finishes the ‘meal’ with a bowl of berries.
‘This is a very real representation of meal times with a picky eater,’ the mum wrote.
‘It is a struggle and it is frustrating but for now it is what it is,’ she said.
The video has been seen by millions of people on the video sharing platform.
And while some felt for the exhausted mum-of-two many took the opportunity to condemn her.
The youngster wanted cake for dinner and was eventually given pink cookies and berries
‘She is picky because she is allowed to be, well done Mila,’ one woman said.
‘100 per cent. The only options are eat this now or go play and eat it later. No sweets until dinner is eaten.
‘My mum did this with me and I didn’t grow up with ed. neither did any of my siblings, cousins, nieces or nephews.’
‘Feeding her the cookies and berries will teach her that she can protest dinner and eventually get cookies and berries,’ added another.
Others had tips for the mum.
‘You need to eat with her, and also a bit of what she’s eating. If she sees you eating the same thing at the same time she will be more willing to try,’ she said.
‘She will eat when she is hungry, you need to keep the meal you prepared for when she wants it and not negotiate with treats.’
‘I Just set the plate in my daughter’s table and walk away. Sometimes when i come back it’s empty, Sometimes not. She plays, comes and take a few bites,’ added a third.