5 Ways To Not Raise A Picky Eater
Does dinner time seem like a constant battle? Do you feel like you are constantly throwing out food that your kids didn’t eat ( or in my case feeding it to the dogs?). I feel your pain and have experienced massive dinner time battles. My children will eat and try most food items. In part I contribute it to the following 5 methods and or luck.
I should mention growing up I was the worst of picky eaters and refused to try most foods until I was a fully grown adult. I wanted to make sure my children learned to not be so picky about foods.
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1. Start with Baby Led Weaning – This has come with huge successes from my younger two. I followed Baby led weaning and my youngest two are great at eating and try new foods all the time. My 1 1/2 year old eats lots of veggies and doesn’t shy away from new foods. I think this is in part to experiencing new tastes and textures as a baby when we first switched to solid foods.
Note: My teenager was a baby food child & my 5 year old was a homemade baby food child as I didn’t know much about baby led weaning, and they still struggle not to be super picky.
2. Make a small plate at meals – I like to give each child a small serving of the different meal options and the rule is they have to try all the foods before getting seconds of the one they like. This way they are constantly learning to try new foods.
3. No Dessert or Snack Rule -If you complained or refused to eat something on your plate then no dessert and or snack after dinner. I would like to say I am one of those parents that puts the unfinished plate back in the fridge for them to finish at a latter time, but I am not. I do however try to stick to my rule that if they didn’t at least try 2 -3 bites of a food then there is no dessert or evening snack.
4. We Eat & Cook Together – This sometimes looks like all of us at the dinner table etc. or sometimes it’s just one of us adults (sometimes H has to work late), but we try to sit down and eat with our children no matter how little they are. This helps my children learn table manners and appreciating the food that is before us. Our children like to emulate us as well so it helps them see us enjoying food.
Note: My children also help in the kitchen as well, sometimes it is as simple as making a salad or adding ingredients to a sauce or casserole. We bake together & they even get to pick out meals to make.
5. Keep offering the Food – I once read somewhere that it takes somewhere over 20 times for your palette to enjoy a new food or texture. I often will continue to serve an item for dinner that my child doesn’t like in hopes one day they will like it. This happened recently with our 5 year old, we had beef stroganoff the other night and for the most part she hasn’t like it. I still keep making it and the last time we had it she liked it. Palettes change, and we adjust to new foods andtextures, soo I would keep offering the food.
Do you have any suggestions on how not to raise a picky eater? Please share below.
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