Know the reasons to handle the picky eaters
Most families will be very happy and cannot wait longer for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. They are the time the family members can gather and share laugh and happiness. Sometimes good weekend ideas appear during meal time. Unfortunately, this happiness may turn to disaster when there is a toddler or child in a family who doesn’t really like the menu served although the dishes are considered as healthy food. This can be problem if she continues dislike the healthier ones and want to get the unhealthy. If this is your current situation, you are not alone. There are a lot of toddlers, children, teens, and even the adults who are considered as the picky eaters. Look at your big family and you will find the picky eaters easily.
In handling picky eater child, you need to know the sources or reasons why she becomes like that. In many cases, avoiding certain foods happens because the children take too much snacks or drinks before the meal time. It means they are not hungry due to the snacks. So, look at the snacking time you are applied to your child. A bottle of chocolate milk just half an hour before dinner will make your child refuse to clean the plate. If you insist to ask her clean her plate, it means you are educating your children to overeating. Of course, this is not good. The important point in introducing good eating habit is making sure that your child is able to feel what it is called as hungry and full. Therefore, you should avoid giving any snacks or drink too much before the meal time.
Another reason why your child becomes the picky eater is difficulty in chewing certain kinds of food. When she was about nine months, she started to eat textured food. However, the process sometimes fails, so that when she was fifteen months she kept eating smooth textured porridge. This situation will affect the following years to come. She does not like textured food because she feels difficult to chew. Vegetables like broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, and asparagus are not considered as the soft ones. So, your child will choose the soft vegetables like spinach and lettuce. She may not eat bacon and beef steak also although they are cooked done. But beef burger may be consumed because it is softer. By knowing the reasons, you will able to choose the treatment for your picky eater child.
be a good role model for the picky eater
You should not be panic when you keep noticing that your child does not want to eat certain food. Analyze what foods she does not like. If you find that she rejects healthy foods and asks for the unhealthier, you need to find the solution as soon as possible before it affects her health condition. The solution is given based on the reasons why she does not want certain foods. Of course, you are forbidden to serve hot and spicy foods at the beginning of her eating experience. Chili and pepper are two seasoning that have to be avoided for the children’s food because they create food resistance.
In preparing the food for your child, make sure you cut the vegetables and meat in smaller shape. This will ease her to put the food on her mouth and avoid choking hazard. Bigger sized vegetables are allowed if you want to make them as finger foods. Having bad experience during eating creates resistance in eating certain foods. So, basically picky eater is not about the types of food but the way you cook and serve to your child. Another thing you need to evaluate is your eating habit. Do you eat various foods or not? Do you like certain foods and avoid the others or not? Or do you like junk food more than fresh food? By answering these questions, you will get the answer why you have to deal with the picky eater. It is just because you are the picky eater also.
In handling picky eater child, you need to know the sources or reasons why she becomes like that. In many cases, avoiding certain foods happens because the children take too much snacks or drinks before the meal time
You are the role model of your child. If you do not like green vegetables and do not eat these vegetables in front of your child, she will never eat them also although you have tried hard to convince her how delicious and healthy they are. Your child will look at you and imitate the way you eat. If this is the reason you need to deal, you have no more choice except starting to eat more vegetables, healthier foods, and more variety of foods. If you do this in front of your child, she will understand and believe that broccoli or carrot is delicious, lettuce and peas are the same yummy, and cabbage and bean sprout are tasteful. Trust yourself that you can do this not just as a role model of your child but also for your overall personal health.