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Your 7-year-old now
Are there foods that your child is still reluctant to try — or that have never touched her plate, much less her lips? Some kids are adventuresome eaters at this age and some aren't — but it's too soon to tell how fussy they'll be about food in adulthood.
In the meantime, there's nothing wrong with dietary monotony, so long as your child eats a reasonably balanced mix of foods. Forcing your child to eat or punishing her when she doesn't will only backfire, giving you a child who is angry or obsessed with food.
Do encourage your child to at least accept the presence of what is served on her plate. She doesn't have to eat it, but she does have to be gracious about it. Teach her not to openly criticize foods she doesn't like.
Some families permit a child to make a peanut butter sandwich if she doesn't like the meal served. Many nutritionists recommend not allowing any substitutions, especially if you want to broaden the palate of a picky eater. Whatever you do, don't become a short-order cook tailoring different plates to all the different palates at your table.
It's as true of second-graders as toddlers: It can take ten or 20 exposures to a food before your child accepts it. She may never have an adventuresome palate, but it doesn't hurt to continue offering. Many finicky kids remain this way until peer pressure and the demands of adolescent growth kick in during middle and high school.
Your life now
Where do all the missing socks go? It's a mystery of the ages. Keep a basket in the laundry room for unmatched singletons; over time you might be surprised how many mates eventually turn up.
If not, you can put those mateless socks to work. Socks make handy dusting gloves for little hands. They're fun puppets, too, when you add a face by embroidering or drawing with indelible markers or fabric markers. Stuff with other (more stained) old socks. Making sock puppets can entertain two 7-year-olds a good while.
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