That is so hard to make changes the whole family can get on board with. I ditto what the previous mama said, and I suggest a Love & Logic way of doing it so that there is less of a power struggle around food. Keep on trying!
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Hi, my niece was Dx'd with ODD last year.... It can be hard, I see her dad struggle-- my heart goes out to you. Treat the food thing like you would a toddler who goes through the whole I don't want eat stage.... Leave the food you want them to eat accessible, when he is hungry he will eat. Making sure you don't give in when those times come, will train him that mom says I have eat this, eventually he will, or he will go hungry. Head strong childreen can be tamed without breaking their spirit, it's hard on parents but stick to it.... Teach him the right way to eat, it won't be fun but in the long run it will be worth it. Keep encouraging him to get and stay involved. Maybe take a one on one field trip to a super market (we have Wegmans) the head of department can usually take some time and have taste testings and give recipes. My niece really enjoys baking, when she has had a good week my brother lets her bake a cake or brownies and then they go visit someone, that way he isn't stuck eating the sweets, and she doesn't get an over load. Good luck, hope that helped a little!
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I have a 12 year old son that is very picky about his food and does not do change at all, he has ADHD and ODD, and when I joined SparkPeople I started changing there food and routine as well as mine and he seems to be having a really hard time with it. He dont want to eat and I cant get him to walk with us. I also have an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son but they are doing really good with the changes in food and with us walking everyday. I have tried getting him in the kitchen to help prepare the food but once he sees what is in it then he wont eat because of that, I have talked to his doctor and he says that as long as he is gaining weight then I shouldnt worry, but the only reason he is gaining weight is because I have to feed him something but I really want to get him to start eating heathly with the rest of the family. Any ideas that would be much appreciated. Thank You.
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