Tips on Getting Picky Eaters to Eat

eating banana

The less you force your kids to eat
and model yourself by eating or
discussing good food, your children
will soon learn to regulate eating.

Most parents go crazy thinking of ways to encourage their picky eaters to eat. There are kids that will whine, cry, throw tantrums or simply refuse to eat the food on their plates but give them mac n’ cheese or dinner roll and they’d finish the serving in no time at all!

After a long and tiring day, the last thing parents want to do is to wrestle and force their child to eat food that is good for them. Parents will easy become irate and frustrated when their kids refuse to eat the food that they have worked so hard to prepare. Is there a way for parents to get the kids to eat without forcing them?

When it comes to issues regarding food, parents should consider the real reason why the kid doesn’t want to eat. There are kids who have hyper sensitivity issues with food’s taste, texture, smell or color and their bodies react negatively when presented with certain kinds of food.

Your values and beliefs regarding food may also be a reason why power struggles during meal times happen. People who grew up with depression and economic crisis will teach kids and may even force them to finish everything on their plate. On the other hand, parents will just encourage kids to eat just enough and avoid overeating. Parents should be aware of these values and emotional connection with food to realize how much food their kids really need and for them to become less rigid during meal times.

To help encourage kids to try and eat the food you prepare, model to them how to enjoy food by talking about how good it taste and lessen the talk about how healthy it is. Parents should also learn to put small portions on their kid’s plate and just encourage them to get another serving if they finish their meal. This practice is opposed to how some parents put hearty servings of food which appears overwhelming for a child to eat. The less you force your kids to eat and model yourself by eating or discussing good food, your children will soon learn to regulate eating. And soon, there will be less power struggles and picky eaters during meal times.

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