All of a sudden — picky eater
SS10 has always been a good eater. Vegetables? Fruit? Fish (not fried)? Loved them all. The only "grown-up" food he didn't like was salad. We saved the few foods he didn't like for our kid-free weeks.
Now, in the last 2-3 months, he's suddenly gotten picky. He doesn't touch vegetables. No longer likes salmon or white fish. A month ago I made a chicken and rice casserole (he loves both main ingredients) and he didn't even take a bite. Yet he'll then fill up on ice cream or candy later.
BM doesn't cook. She mostly orders takeout or delivery or, when she's dieting, she has her pre-set meals. They get food "out" multiple meals a day. We don't do that since DH and I both love to cook and are good at it. We're also more cost- and health-conscious. DH asked SS and SS complained that we don't keep Pizza Rolls and chicken nuggets like his mom does. We also don't get fast food very often.
DH is big on healthy eating and he worries about SS's eating habits because it's obvious he's not picking up good habits the 50% he's with her. He's slim and healthy now, but...
It annoyed DH and at first, he had this whole plan. If SS didn't eat the prepared meal, he could make himself a sandwich but no dessert.
Yet now, DH is constantly super-anxious about meals. "Will SS like this?" "Maybe I should also heat up some frozen tacos to supplement."
I stay out of it and let DH do what he wants to do. I would never deliberately make something SS doesn't like. But I also refuse to cater to him and encourage the pickiness. Feels like DH is just reinforcing this new attitude and, despite all his lip-service about SS's eating habits, he's doing his part to fan the flames.
I thought boys became bottomless pits and the "only pizza and fried chicken" was typically a "little kid" thing. Or is this actually very normal for boys this age?