I can't stand my nephew's eating! I sent him to bed with no dinner.
My sister has recently fallen on some tough times and I'm helping her out by watching her son from 2:30, when he's off school, to about 10:00pm. Part of this is feeding him dinner. He's 6.
Well, he's the worst eater I have ever encountered. He was raised only eating junk: chicken fingers, pizza, burgers, fries, mac and cheese etc. If it seems junky and fast food like, he'll eat it, but he won't even touch a healthier version of any of them. My kids have been raised to eat what is served and constantly trying different types of foods. I have always cooked fresh and healthy homemade food.
My nephew simply refuses to eat when I make. Tonight, we had grilled chicken, roasted potatoes and a big garden salad. He wouldn't even take a bite. After 2 weeks of this battling, I told him to make himself something. He said he didn't know how to make anything he wanted, and he didn't want cereal or a PBJ, which is all I was offering.
I sent him to the spare bedroom with nothing. His mother can feed him when she gets off work, but this is ridiculous.
Any advice? I'm at my wits end here.
Update: It has really not improved. He's either had cereal, a PBJ, soup (that he prepared himself) or has not eaten until my sister picked him up almost every night. Anytime I have tried to incorporate a healthy version of something he likes, he refuses and/or has a fit because "it's not right!".
My sister can't afford to send him dinner every night, but seems irritated that I won't prepare him a second, separate meal and buy him junk food with my money. Absolutely ridiculous. I would be ashamed to have brought up my kids to eat and act like this.