Moms, we can all relate! We all have this child – at least one in the family – who’s so picky on what to eat. Not only can it be more challenging to cook for them, more than anything, picky eaters can miss out on a lot of good food! Often times, the healthy ones are on their I-don’t-eat list. Oh no!
Here are tips to help them return some harmony to mealtime.
1. Be a good example.
All your habits, not just your eating habits, will greatly affect your child. He or she will surely emulate what you do and never thinks if you’re right or wrong. If you think your child follows you well and imitate what you do, try your best to eat good food.
2. No short-order cooking.
Plan meals ahead of time at least one thing that everyone likes. Then serve one meal for everyone in the family; no exceptions. The alternative habit of preparing different foods for everyone is exhausting and it can take much longer for children to learn to like new foods.
3. Shop and cook with the kids.
Make everything fun! Kids are more likely to taste a dish if they helped plan or prepare it. Letting kids choose veggies in the supermarket produce section or even in the frozen food aisle will empower them. Involve them with age-appropriate tasks such as in stirring, chopping or measuring ingredients; this will allow them to contribute to a project in which they are proud to share and eat!
4. Serve smart snacks.
Sweets and salty foods can make your child long for it. One of the best ways to get them accustomed to eating healthy snack when they are really hungry at snack time. Also serve snacks when kids are hungry, but not too close to meal time.