I still recall how my now 16 year old daughter would spit out anything that was remotely green. She seemed to sense that her meal might have broccoli, Brussel sprouts, peas, french beans, snow peas or anything else. Fast forward to today and she doesn’t spit out her greens but pushes them aside on her plate, never in a pile but artfully all over the plate so that it seems like at least she made an effort to eat SOME greens. My son, who is almost 12 now, is not a finicky eater and he’ll try something at least once, unlike my daughter who will start snubbing something just because she doesn’t like its name or the way it looks or is cooked.
I came across this article the other day. It’s by Mandy Mazliah and she recounts her way of dealing with finicky eaters. I’ve extracted the eight positive ways she has shared. Do check out her blog and the original article for more. You’ll be sure to bookmark it and refer to it often!
All the best with the finicky eaters! I’ve given up on my teen. If anyone has any tips, please share them.
Here are eight positive things you can try: Mandy Mazliah
- Eat with your child. Let them see you enjoying the same meal without making a fuss about it.
- Cut back on snacks – being hungry for meals can make a real difference.
- If you do offer snacks, make them count towards their five a day. See my blog Sneaky Veg for ideas.
- Don’t offer alternatives. It’s hard to let your child leave the table when they haven’t eaten anything but if they know that they’ll get a slice of toast or a banana if they refuse their meal then they’ll often hold out for that.
- Don’t use dessert as a reward.
- Make mealtimes positive. Take away the pressure and let them choose how much to eat.
- Eat with friends – perhaps at school or nursery or on a play date at home.
- And remember, every small step is a positive step.
For more on the original write up, kindly click on the link below.
How I relaxed about my child’s picky eating and why you should too