One of the chapters I’m working on in my adoption book is about kids and food issues. I’d really love to hear from all you adoptive parents on this topic. Was food a tough issue when your child first came home? How old was your child on homecoming? How long did their issues with food persist? Were there things you wish you’d done differently? What did you do that seemed to help?
Our hardest food adjustment has definitely been with our oldest-adopted kids, who spent a decade eating Ethiopian food, and then were confronted by American food, which is so full of cheese and white sauce and creamy richness. They’re good sports about food these days, but for awhile I think they may have been convinced that there was nothing worth eating in all of America except bread and eggs and bananas and a very few other things. It was pretty humbling for a momma who always thought she was a decent cook, let me tell ya.
I’d love comments from anyone who’s had experience with helping adopted kids work through food issues. And just to make this thread a little more fun, I’m going to give away a copy of my cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week to one random reader who takes a moment to comment with their experiences with kids and food issues.