As a mother, it is always our joy to see our kids growing healthy. It is always on our goal to let our kids try different foods that contains the right nutritions they are expected to get everyday. But how could you achieve that if your child is a picky eater? How can you encourage him to change his eating habits so that each meal time will no longer be a horror for both mommy and her kid? In this article, lets find out how we can handle a child who is a picky eater.
When and Where Eating Happens
Establish a routine in eating and a permanent place to share your food. Your child should be able to eat 3 proper meals a a snacks in between. It is our role as a guardian to decide what food we should offer to our child, and it is our child’s decision already to take it or not. However here are some tips to help your child to be interested in trying different foods.
Tips to Help a Picky Eater Child
•Offer an Appealing Menu to Try On. Entice his or her curiousity by offering a meal that looks, smells and tastes yummy.
•Happy Meal Time. Do not pressure your child to eat what is on the table. The more pressured he is, the more he’ll set in his mid that he doesn’t like to eat what’s there. Make meal time a happy family time.
•Be an example. When the toddler seas that other members of family are eating what is on the table without asking for what’s not there, it will encourage him to try it too.
•Don’t bargain. Whatever is served should be consumed. Don’t serve his favorite food because he said he wants it. Don’t give in to his wants.
•He will eat when he’s hungry. At start, you may not like it when your kid only eats a little, and you just let that be. Experts says the child will more likely to eat more the next meal to make up from the last mealtime. Once he’s hungry, he will ask for food.
•Let him take Vitamins that might improve his appetite and eating habits. Ask your pedia about it so that you will have proper reccomendations on what to give your child too.
•Don’t easily quit the established routine. If you see only a little improvement, don’t quit right away or withdraw your plans. Be patient and try and try again.
Being a picky eater is not a behaviour that lasts for a lifetime. Eventually, it will improve through time, patience and dedication of parents to help their kids through it. As long as you don’t give up, there’s still hope. Just do your best to provide a healthy meal each time. Even if you fail, remind yourself that things will get better.