9 (perfectly rational) reasons your toddler won’t eat their food

This week, my son refused to eat most of the food I put in front of him. In fact, instead of simply conscientiously objecting, he kicked up a tantrum that would rival Veruca Salt in the original Willy Wonka.

Here’s a list of all the things he refused to eat.

Food: Chicken nuggets

Reason he hated it: Because I hadn’t picked the breadcrumbs off the chicken.

#mykidcanteatthis because the nuggets aren't dinosaurs 😳😬😂😕 #fussykids #dinosaursorelse #dinosaurobsessed

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Food: Banana

Reason he hated it: Because it wasn’t a banana. Yep. So I gave him a pear. Still cranky.

Food: Cucumber

Reason he hated it: Because it had fork holes in it. Duh.

#MyKidCantEatThis because it has fork holes in it. He keeps saying it's sad while the new one I gave him is happy. -Micki Felix

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Food: (Drink!) Milk in a cup

Reason he hated it: Apparently, the favourite cup is no longer the favourite.

Food: Peanut butter sandwich

Reason he hated it: Because it was cut in triangles instead of squares

Food: Pizza

Reason he hated it: He doesn’t like eating orange coloured things. He did yesterday, but he doesn’t now. As of this second.

#MyKidCantEatThis pizza because the sauce is too orange. #amyskitchen #organic #whichmeansitshealthy

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Food: A balanced meal. You know, the kind that Healthy Harold recommends.

Reason he hated it: He didn’t like all the colours. So I made him a white meal.

Food: Porridge and water (as requested)

Reason he hated it: I’m still trying to guess. Maybe it was in the wrong bowl?

Food: Macaroni and cheese (as requested)

Reason he hated it: I don’t fricking know. I’m done trying. My brain hurts. Mummy is over and out.

#mykidcanteatthis because he asked for macaroni and cheese…and I made him macaroni and cheese.

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And don’t start thinking dessert is any better…

What was the last food that threw your toddler into a tantrum tailspin?

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