Are you bribing, rewarding or forcing your child to eat or try new foods? Do you make comments such as, “If you eat your chicken, you can have some dessert” or “If you don’t eat your carrots, there is no iPad after dinner?”
Every now and then I see a toddler who eats no meat or carbohydrates – no chicken, pasta, bread or sausages. They eat only veggies (and fruit).
Are you cooking two or maybe three different dinners each evening? Do you wonder when you will ever be able to cook just one meal which the whole family will eat?
What we say at mealtimes can have a big impact on whether children try a new food or not. Asking “Do you like it?”, is most likely to result in “NO” as an answer.
Here are five tips on what to say, and not to say, at mealtimes that will encourage your child to try new foods.
Does your child take the same food to school every day? Is their lunchbox a sea of beige? Do they eat little or no fruit or vegetables at school? Does food frequently come home uneaten? Packing a lunch box every day for a child who has a very limited range of foods, can be disheartening to say the least.
My top tips to enjoy Christmas lunch with a fussy eater.
This week I was asked by a mum for tips to manage Christmas lunch. Her fussy three-and-a-half-year-old frequently has tantrums around mealtimes …
Is it my fault? Did I cause my child’s poor eating? Was it something I did?
This week alone I have been asked all of these questions. One dad said, “I feel like a failure.” This from a dad who dedicates hours every day to help his little boy be the best he can be – he supports him …
She had a mop of red hair and I thought she was the most beautiful baby in the world. I was amazed at how perfect she was and that I had grown her. I stared at her for three hours marvelling at her perfect fingers and toes – and then she started to cry!