Most Helpful Girl
No, you're not being disrespectful or wrong. My mom was raised to eat everything on her plate even if she was full or didn't like the food.
I wasn't raised like that. We're not raising our child that way either. We don't force her to eat everything on her plate or eat foods she doesn't like.
I ask her to try different foods and tell her (she's 4) that if she doesn't like it she doesn't have to eat ever again.
She sometimes will tell me she won't like it, I ask her how do you know you won't like it if you don't try it, she'll try it and usually likes it.
She even likes my fried salmon patties which I was surprised!
I see no point in making a huge issue over food as I've other things to worry about with her.
Most Helpful Guy
As a picky eater myself, I totally get you. To me, I would at least take a bite of the food even though I didn't like it. On one hand it could be not as bad and I actually could eat it now OR I still hate it and it's just a bite.
To me, someone put effort to make you the food so I respond equally with putting effort to try it. Most people are nice, they'll understand.
I don't like cheese, mushrooms and eggs (the most common of foods) and I've avoided it for about 5 years now without being offensive. You can do it too.