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6 Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

How to Deal With a Picky Eater

Having a picky eater is a challenge at any age.  It usually happens in toddlers and preschoolers as they’re still getting used to new tastes and textures.  Below are 6 tips to handle your picky eater and make sure she still gets plenty of good nutrition. Plus, I have included one of my favorite products to encourage healthy eating.  The “Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart.”  It’s a fun way for kids to keep track of the healthy foods they eat.   http://www.todayiatearainbow.com/

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Here are some other tips to dealing with picky eaters.

Think of your job as offering, not forcing

If your child is hungry, he’ll eat!  Therefore, don’t think of your job as a force feeder or monitor of how much he did or didn’t eat, instead focus on offing good choices at every meal, and allow him to make the right choices.

Set a schedule

Be sure that you’re having set meal and snack times.  This will mean that your child has less opportunity to fill up on snacks before meal time.  If they are in the habit of asking for a snack a half hour before dinner and you’re in the habit of giving them a pack of fruit gummies so you can get back to cooking dinner, of course they aren’t going to eat your dinner!

Don’t bribe her with sweets

Don’t get in the habit of forcing your child to eat “just one more bite” before she gets her dessert.  This does nothing more than feed her appetite for sugary treats!

Hide the good stuff

Try to find some ways to hide vegetables in things that your kid loves! With one quick online search you can learn how to put sweet potatoes in chocolate chip cookies, make cauliflower tots that look exactly like chicken nuggets and how to make a sauce for pasta made from carrots and cauliflower.

Get them involved with preparation

Getting a young one involved in some aspect of preparing the food is one of the best ways to get them involved. If you have a garden, they’ll love every step from planting to watering to harvesting.  If you don’t garden, you can let them choose a fruit or veggie every week at the store. Once they’re old enough they can help stir and pour ingredients (avoid letting the touch anything that could be dangerous, of course).  By involving them in the preparation in some way, they take a sense of pride in the food and are more likely to eat it!

Never fight

Fighting, arguing, coaxing and bribing just don’t work!  In fact, they usually increase mealtime anxiety, so just let it go and trust that you’re doing your best by offering good choices and your child will eat when he’s hungry.

 

 

Food Fights on Thanksgiving

Guest Blog Post:

If you’re anticipating Thanksgiving with a bit of anticipation, it may be because of the shopping, the

lengthy preparation, or the guests. But if you’re a parent, it could be the fact that your child likely won’t eat anything on the table! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole-really all kid repellent!

Many parents know that their children are likely to fill up on cheese and crackers from the appetizer table, and not touch a piece of a turkey. Children are not at all tricked by the term sweet potato. To them it doesn’t taste sweet like a donut; it’s still a potato! And roasted vegetables? Where’s the ranch dressing to dip them in.

After years of struggling with my children, I figured out-they aren’t likely to eat much of anything on the table, and especially crazy Aunt Judy’s cucumber Jell-O salad. I am not offended that my children won’t chow down on food they aren’t familiar with, but the relatives who broiled, baked and sautéed for days on end, they may be offended. They don’t understand that for a four year old, dressing is a pretty foreign concept. And a turkey thigh is very far removed from a chicken nugget.

The best advice for any holiday meal is to give you children a myriad of choices on their plate. Try to give them a bit of everything, and set them down at the kids table with an encouraging “please try a bite of everything, you never know what you will like!” Your child may not try everything, heck, they may not try anything! But you put the effort in to introduce them to the feast.

Many times this is the best we can ask for. Children need to see and eat something dozens of times before it’s comfortable for them. For this reason, toddlers and preschoolers are unlikely to eat much of what is presented to them at Thanksgiving. Tell great Aunt Judy, it’s not personal, it’s developmental. And then make up for your thanksgiving clip art kid not eating the scary Jell-O salad and have a second helping. Remember, it’s just one meal. So relax and try not to stress out about it.

Share with us your tips and trick to get your picky eater to try new food at Thanksgiving.