We messed up with our first one - he eats a fairly varied diet on the whole but is too lazy to chew, only eats peas (with ketchup) or baked beans for vegetables, we still (he's now 10) mash up stewed pear and mix it in his porridge which is the only fruit he will have, only drinks milk, water or hot chocolate.
Should really have been addressed when he was 3-4 years old but his little sister came along and distracted us which with hindsight is a shame. Not helped by the fact that his mum is a faddy eater as well.
Trying to get him to even touch, let alone taste, new foods is a nightmare, especially with fruit he can come across as on the verge of a panic attack. But he's bright, he's growing, he's never ill, so we stopped worrying about him. Occasionally he tries something different and astonishes us all by eating it.
Will be interesting to see how he copes with secondary school, school cooking lessons and fending for themselves with the Scouts in the next few months.
His little sister takes after her dad though - if it can't outrun her, it gets eaten. But she wisely - like her dad - never eats asparagus or artichokes. Vegetables beginning with "A" are just wrong!