I have never introduced oranges, because truth be told, they aren't my favorite. I like the taste, not such a big fan of the rind. I honestly didn't think my kids would do well with the pulpy-ness of it all. Guess I was wrong. I can take oranges off the list of foods my children are banned from.
This list includes:
Bubble gum. We did try this over Christmas...still not a good idea. Pretty sure Little J has an intestinal blockage of some sort.
Mandarin oranges. Strange, I know, given the subject of this post...but my kids will eat these mush balls by the thousands. And it causes really runny diapers and terrible diaper rash when eaten in those quantities. Nuff said.
Real fish. Yes, I am completely aware this food is good for you...aren't oranges??? Healthy does not mean it is a battle I am willing to fight. Trust me folks, I fought this one for years until my sweet husband said, "You know, I don't think they like fish." Thanks, hon. I am usually undeterred by a food refusal, but after years of trying and no success I threw in the towel. The kids now have fish sticks while we have salmon.
Soda. Because I love it a little too much. I would venture to say I cannot function without it. I have not even given them a sip of my "mommy juice" because that's all it takes to get hooked. I know they will have it at some point, and fall head over heels in love with it like me, but not yet.
Anything found in our car. You think this is funny, but it happens daily. Cheerios, cookies from the grocery store, old Halloween candy. You name it, it exists there. Lost sippy cups are the WORST...
Ketchup. Okay, we're slowly allowing this one, but mostly the kids use their french fries/hot dog/fish sticks as an instrument for dipping and sucking the ketchup only. And then they throw a fit when we do not give them more ketchup until they actually eat their meal. Again, the fight just aint worth it!!!
Anything spicy. I am not against spicy, but this is the excuse G uses not to eat any new meal..."It's spicy." So, we win that battle by eliminating spicy foods altogether. Ha! Take that 6-year-old...we are on to you and we are one step ahead!!
I'll add to this as they come to me...we have some real winners, for absolutely the worst reasons. But when you have 4 kids, it only really makes sense in the context of our chaos.