Does your child have a hard time eating the food items you’re making for them? My boys sometimes struggle with what I put in front of them, so I decided to try several different things.
#1. Patience is Key
I know that you want to move onto the next activity instead of watching your child slowly eat their peas, but you need to be patient. A child isn’t going to eat the food in front of them faster, just because you want them to. Try to be as patient as possible to make things easier for your child.
#2. Introduce New Foods
You may try 101 foods before you find a food your child will like, and that’s okay. I sometimes feel guilty for “wasting” food. Instead of feeling bad, I just make smaller portions now. If they love the food, I can always make more, instead of throwing tons of it out.
#3. Fresh is Best
It can be so tempting to give our children chicken, pizza, fries and lots of other processed foods. One of the best things you can do for your child is to offer them fresh foods. It’s healthier for them and you’ll love it if they grow up enjoying these types of foods.
#4. Add Choices
Let your child have several things to choose from when it comes to eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can even have your child help you choose different foods while you’re at the grocery store. Kids love to be a part of the decision making process, especially when it comes to the foods their mouths will encounter.
#5. Mom Should Make Good Choices
I know that my food choices aren’t always the best, but I try. I know that my boys do better with eating, when I am eating well. I try to encourage them to try new things, by trying new foods myself. I need to keep in mind that when I eat healthy foods, my kids see this, and they will be more motivated to eat these foods as well.
#6. NO Distractions
I know some parents will let their kids do things like watch TV while their child eats, but I’m pretty strict about no distractions during eating. Keeping my kids away from the TV and their toys, while they eat, helps them focus on the task at hand. Trust me, this is no easy task, which is why I am motivated to stay on top of it.
Here are some of my top tips for helping my picky eaters. What are your tips to add?