Is your dinner table constantly having meal wars and power struggle when your little picky eater is around? Relax. Almost every child grow up that way – including yourself if you check with grandma.
Why Are There Picky Eaters?
2. Babies take cereal, adult take chicken chop. How about kids? They do not have wide variety of ‘transitional food’ except for fries that we constantly disallow and hot dog and burger that you can not possibly serve every single meal.
3. More often than not, what is served on the table are adult food – beef are probably to tough for the 20 delicate teeth, they just had chicken yesterday and asparagus taste so ewwy and green. So, in terms of texture, taste and preference, they did not suit children well enough.
Given the situation, here are the solutions to what we label our kids as picky eaters:
1. Serve different food for a change.
If you have 10-15minutes, google for some recipes site and expose all variety of food images to your child. He may probably spot something he likes and there you go – a new food idea!
2. Taking part.
I know you would not want any disturbance when you are busy cooking in the kitchen, but why not get your child involve in shopping for your ingredients. Or show the sweet corn you bought and let him spread butter on it. Chances are, he will eat it!
If your child is mature enough to understand, show him or her the food and its nutrition. Explain about the different groups of food and their functions. For e.g. You need lots of vegetables and fruits because they contain fiber that can prevent constipation.
4. Be patient when it comes to new food.
It is unusual that a child will try new food when he or she sees it for the first time. A child may need to be exposed with a new food for at least 10 times before he or she develops trust and wants to try it. So, be patient.
5. Do not provide alternatives
If your child does not take what is served, you need not get leave the table and get busy in the kitchen and start cooking all over again. Although offering the ketchup sauce can increase some appetite!
6. Serve when hungry
7. Don’t waste time decorating
At the end of the day, take it as a passing phase. Your child will eat and no matter what, your child is unlikely to be malnourished. So, relax and enjoy your meal but do not worry too much about picky eaters!