HOW TO DEAL WITH A PICKY EATER

 

Are you sick of meal time battles with your kid? It’s discouraging to thoughtfully prepare a nutritious meal for your child and have it go to waste after an hour-long standoff. The last thing any mother wants to do is prepare several meals and snacks because one rogue child won’t eat what’s served. It’s frustrating and makes it difficult to make sure that your child eats a well balanced diet.

Eating together as many meals possible,as a family,is one solution. Many parents try to make their children eat the regular food being prepared at home. Children and adults do have their liking and disliking about food items and these can change with times. Similarly, people have some deep-rooted psychological issues connected to food and some medical reasons may make them react to certain food items in a negative way.

Some children will be ready to eat anything that is served on the table. Some others may be reluctant to even try a new item. They have unique perceptions about the taste, feel, the texture of food and that may influence their choices. There is a vast variety of food available these days. It is possible to make them eat healthy food even without forcing them to eat something. You can try different combinations and new ways of cooking and spices to make the food more appetizing for them.

Do not worry if the child does not eat any particular food now as with age his tastes are going to be different. Everyone may not favor the same food. It is not like a trading program called Bitcoin Loophole, which has got universal approval and everyone likes it. When a program like this is launched and people see its effectiveness they embrace it with admiration as it helps them to make money. However, when parents try to introduce broccoli or boiled eggs to the diet of a child the tantrums could be really scary.

The mealtimes can be more pleasant if some kind of compromise can be made. Some healthy food can be combined with tasty treats thrown in as a reward will make a child eat all the peas and broccoli on the plate. You can also make it a happy experience and not a battleground. If eating together is becoming difficult then devise new strategies.

I don’t force the issue. I hate white anchovies and I don’t care what kind of succulent meat you wrap them around, I will never eat them. Why would my child be any different?

I barter with my child on occasion. I make it clear that I won’t force him to eat a new food but if he wants a post-dinner treat (usually fruit) he is going to have to try a few bites. I leave it up to him. He feels empowered to make his own choice and most times happily takes a few bites. Half the time he likes what I’ve offered and we’ve discovered a new food to add to our meal rotation.