So, you have picky eater at home. And you are not doubt over having every meal be a struggle. To help you cope with this, we have a few tips for dealing with a picky eater that you should try.
Do you ever make a face at food that looks unappetizing? Does your partner make negative comments about food he or she sees on TV? If so, it is time to stop. Be food positive at all times, and don’t be afraid to try something new yourself.
Many children have sensory issues, especially when it comes to texture. Try speaking with your child to determine if this is what is driving his or her aversion. If it is, and the sensory issues are significant, speak with your doctor about strategies to use.
Another thing to consider is digestive issues and food allergies. It could be that your child is avoiding certain foods because they are causing pain or discomfort, but he or she does not know how to verbalize this.
If there are no underlying issues, eliminate snacks and filling drinks. Just water between meals. It is much easier to turn down food when you feel full, so avoid that constant fullness.
Don’t immediately dive into a challenging meal. Instead, add a very small amount of a single item and go from there. You do not want your child to feel overwhelmed.
Sometimes all children need to embrace something is a sense of ownership. If you do all the cooking and plating, get your child involved. You will be amazed at what a difference it can make.
Finally, stay calm. Yes, it is frustrating, but this too shall pass. And agitation on your part becomes resistance on the part of your child. So no matter what, keep your cool.