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Picky Eaters (part 2)

Picky Eaters Part 2 Some of my past blogs about getting your kids involved in cooking, and “letting go” of how much they eat will help prevent raising a picky eater. If you have tried these ideas, and are still struggling, you can choose a few of these tips to work on. And remember that like most things related to children, picky eating is usually just a phase. It often peaks around age three, and your little one should become more adventurous as they grow older. –       Serve snacks with plenty of time prior to meals (1 to 2 hours) to encourage appetite at meals.  Set meal and snack times tend to work better for most children. –       Children may be more likely to eat a new food when they are hungry. Offer the new or rejected food at the beginning of a meal, or during the meal/snack that your child usually eats the best. –       Avoid milk and juice in between meals and snacks, as this can reduce appetite. Offer water instead. –       Sometimes a child will need to see a new food up to 20 times before he/she will accept it! Encourage your infant or toddler to try the new food, but respect their decision to like or dislike the food. We all have foods we dislike, even as adults. Children’s tastes change, so offer the rejected food again at another time. –       Try offering a new food with familiar foods, so your child will have something to eat. –       Do not “cater” to your child and cook them a different meal from your family. –       Offer a rejected food cooked a different way or cut into different & fun shapes. –       Your child may be more likely to try the new food when family members or other children are eating the food. –       Offer small portions of food, as large servings can be intimidating. Your child can have seconds if they are still hungry. –       Allow your child to have their food for a reasonable length of time (20 to 30 minutes). After which time remove the food without making a fuss. –       Relax! It will make meal time easier for everyone.

Picky Eaters (part 1)

Feeding struggles are common between parents and children of all ages. It is understandable that as a parent, you are concerned if your baby refuses eat meals, or never wants to try a new food. As a parent, you act as an important role model for your child when it comes to eating. It is important to enjoy healthy foods with your children, to encourage healthy eating for life. But attempting to exert too much control, such as forcing your child to eat, can negatively affect their eating practices throughout their life. It can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, not listening to hunger/satiety signals and potentially overweight and obesity issues as an adult. The biggest hurdle that I see for parents to get over is trying to control how much their child eats. And this is often a cause of picky eaters. We just want to control our kids. Including how much they eat. WHY can’t we control our kids?! And what happens when we try our darndest to get this control? Power struggles & fight back. How do you feel when someone tells you that you need to do something? It probably gives you even less motivation do that that exact thing. Regardless of if we think our child is eating too much or not enough, we really need to let it go. This is taking a leap of faith, but trust that your child will eat the amount he/she needs. The vast majority of children are good at this – if you are concerned or your child is not growing well, check with your doctor. So offer a variety of healthy foods, at the family table, during regular snack and meal times. If your child doesn’t want to eat, fine. If they want more, fine too! Why do we need to let this go? Not only will it decrease stress of everyone around the table, but it will help your child to grow up having a healthy relationship with food. The problem with forcing children to eat is that they aren’t able to listen to their appetite and will have negative views of some foods. And this will carry with them throughout adulthood. For example, who was forced to clean their plates as a child, and now still clears their plate regardless of satiety? Continue to offer them (no pressure!) again and again, and be a good role model by eating a balanced diet yourself.

Picky Eater Blues Possible Solution

I have had so many people ask me about picky eaters!!  Toddlers tend to hit this stage and the time length of the fussy stage normally depends on how we handle it. I had an incredibly picky eater and here is how I handled it.  Every Sunday night we sit down and plan our weekly menu. We vote on our favorites and I only let them pick the same meal once a month.  We check off all the food groups and I get the groceries.  Every night we unite in the kitchen to tackle the task of making supper.  Even the one year old weaner is involved.  She stands on a chair and licks all the spoons that we give her 🙂 There are still the occasional nights when the weaners don’t like what was cooked up.  I have at least 3 left over meals stored in the freezer and they can pick something from there.  But really, sometimes they just aren’t hungry!! I have also stumbled into Today I Ate a Rainbow’s advice on picky eating lately that I think is much more valuable than this post:) Good luck, hope I helped get your kids to eat.  I know I didn’t help the madness in your kitchen at supper time!