Why children don't like to eat vegetables
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). This is, however, more the exception to my day than the much more common scenario. More often than not, I see children who eat a range of carbohydrates, a few proteins and little or no vegetables.
One Dinner for the Whole Family
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? Having fussy eaters, picky toddlers or children who all have different food preferences can make it challenging to cook and enjoy one meal together. It can be easier and more peaceful to feed children their preferred foods at a different time of the day than to battle a sit-down family meal with new foods.
Mealtime do's and don'ts
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.
The Lunchbox Challenge!
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. There are so few foods to choose from that most days, or every day, their lunchbox looks the same. All attempts to send a new food, in the hope that they will eat it, end in disappointment.
It’s Christmas Lunch – eat the food you love!
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 when eating with the extended family. This is due, amongst other things, to being constantly encouraged to try new foods. This mum was already feeling anxious about the day and the meal.
The Blame Game
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 in learning to communicate, eat different foods, dress himself and in countless other ways. It brought tears to my eyes. He is a champion dad - not a failure.