Having an extremely picky eater was my first big trial of motherhood. I remember sitting next to my preschooler at the table, working hard for every single bite she took. So many nights we both went to bed in tears.
That one small child and her refusal to eat anything with nutritional value single-handedly made me feel like a failure as a mother. Battles of will, the isolation of young motherhood, and sleep deprivation will do that. At least, it did to me.