This one'll make you laugh - The Mail online (what would I post about if not for the dear old Mail?) is reporting today of a young girl with Lachanaphobia. Apparently she discovered this condition (cough cough) as a toddler and when it continued into adulthood she realised it was a full blown phobia which may require psychological re-programming to get rid of.
"Oh poor girl" you're thinking. But wait till you hear what Lachanaphobia is - fear of vegetables. You know - the one most of us have had to deal with if we're parents? Yes that one. Didn't know it had a proper medical name did you?
My middle child's been claiming he's allergic to vegetables for years and indeed some of the dark green ones literally make him gag. So what do I do? Serve him the vegetables he can eat without hurling, like cauliflower and carrots, thus developing his palate.
I don't normally go in for finger-pointing when it comes to raising kids, but in this case I think the parents did their daughter a disservice by allowing her "phobia" to continue.To quote:
"Vicki first discovered her curious affliction when as a toddler she would refuse to eat her greens and break out into a tantrum. Her parents would try and force her to eat her greens but from a very young age they soon realised the effect they were having."
All I can say is that was one smart toddler, and I'm glad my kids don't read the Mail online.