By Julian Anthony
With marketing tactics aimed at our children, these days it’s getting harder and harder to feed our kids right. It will take a lot of patience and persistence but in the end it will be worth it. This article will try to offer some tips for parents of toddlers developing picky eating habits.
There are some children who just will not eat what you have planned for them. This is where the problem with fussy eaters begins. This is one of the few things that they have control over. This newly found power will be stretched as far as you let them take it. When it comes to picking your battles this is one you should not pick. They have control over what they eat. If you choose to fight with them on this you will lose and it will not be pretty.
Less is more in this situation. Let them express how they feel but do not let them have their way. Do your best to avoid getting upset or letting it bother you. Try to appear as unaffected and do not give in. This way they will know that their options are clear and the fussing will quickly decrease over time.
Of course if your parenting in the middle of toddler power struggles your going to hit a picky eating debacle eventually. If they can find something to be difficult about, they will be difficult about it. Here are some helpful recipes for fussy eaters.
Remember that their tastes are going through maturity too. They are changing and becoming more sophisticated. Try offering a lot of choices. Some foods are completely new to them and they will need time to explore them. So try to be patient yet firm because eventually they will succumb to the curiosity of what other things taste like.
Then there are those phases where they just go haywire over one particular thing. My little sister Loved mayonnaise and use to eat mayonnaise sandwiches. It eventually passed and pretty quickly too. They will always get sick of it. But as a means of providing them with nutritional value it is important to insist on good food first. So before she could have her mayonnaise sandwiches. She had to finish lunch or dinner first. Then she could eat all the mayonnaise sandwiches she wanted.
Share your favorite types of food and make an experience out of it. Tell them the story about how your mom or dad shared this favorite food with you. Tell them about the fun you had and try to be as descriptive as possible. Children love to hear stories about when their parents were kids.
Try your best to incorporate the cooking process with the help of your child. Then the interest in the food elevates considerably. They will want to taste it to see how it turns out. When you are doing this say words like ‘we’ and ‘us’ and then they will want to try it out to see how “Their”cooking tastes.
You can tempt them with desert. This is not always a good idea especially because in can become a bad and a hard habit to break, but some of the time you can offer the desert as the bribe. We have all heard it at one time or another. If you don’t eat all your dinner you cannot have desert.
Keep in mind change is hard for most people and they are still finding out about what they like and dislike. They are always going to be more skeptical of new foods so the introduction makes a big impact. The look of the food is important to them. So you might have to make it look pretty for them. Smaller portions of the newer foods is always recommend-able.
If the child still refuses to eat there is little you can do. The best way to handle it is to not put up a fight at all. Just remain calm and collected. The problem with toddlers and picky appetites are an all too common problem. But in reality it is not that big of a deal. The less power you give to it the quicker and easier it is to handle. Do not give in to their demands and before you know it they will get the message.
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