Do you have a picky eater? While it can be frustrating for parents, they are not alone. Most kids’ taste preferences haven’t matured. This means lots of meals made up of chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Not to worry though, as most kids do get enough nutrition from their foods they eat throughout the week.
If your child is a picky eater, here are some tips to help them get eating healthy and nutritious meals all week long.
1. Be patient. While it is frustrating to have a picky eater, this too shall pass. Relax, and try to go with the flow. Offer nutritious foods, but don’t stress out too much if all your child wants to eat is french fries.
2. Make it fun. Get creative with your kids’ foods. Make smiley faces, “trees” from broccoli – whatever it takes to get your kids to have fun and give new foods a try.
3. Minimize distractions. Little kids might not sit like angels at the dinner table, but by turning off the television, and eating dinner at the same time each night with your child, ,they might be more inclined to eat with you.
4. Let them eat off your plate. When you eat, tell them how good your food is. Offer them a taste, but don’t worry if they don’t like it. Just tell them it’s okay not to like all foods, but they gave it a good try!
5. Don’t bend. It’s okay to make a special meal for your child, but if you are making several things for them at each meal, you might actually be promoting picky eating.