Marlena’s picky eater, six-year-old Walker, was overweight. He wanted to eat bean-and-cheese tacos and little else every day. His eating was abnormal. So Marlena reacted, desperately. She did all she knew to do.
One night, the whole rest of the family found themselves doing the chicken dance after every bite he ate, to get him to eat. True story.
Another night, he allowed Mom to spoon chicken and rice into his mouth while he played video games. She would feed him a “second dinner” before bedtime if he refused dinner, so that he wouldn’t wake up in the night, screaming from hunger.
Any given night at the dinner table found both parents badgering Walker non-stop to eat more of this, more of that, with threats of punishment and promises of reward.
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