It can be easy to feel like your picky eater can sense your agitation and frustration and gets enjoyment out of it. But regardless if your kids enjoy taunting you with their food issues, or simply hate almost everything you cook, it is important not to feel defeated. There are several ways you can work around a picky eater. Rather than overwhelming yourself with finding hundreds of new and creative recipes, these simple tricks should create even simpler solutions.
“Stick To Your Spatula”
Take a page out of the Old West and stick to your “guns” or spatula when it comes to having your kids eat what they are served. If they refuse to eat what you’ve already cooked, encourage and enforce the rule that they should remain with the rest of the family while you eat.
Bribery Is Not The Answer
The Mayo Clinic advises that offering desserts or treats as positive rewards for finishing food will realign the order in which your kid associates a food’s importance, so avoid it. You don’t want your child to think sweets are the better food choice or let them hold sway over nutritious options, so don’t bribe them with such.
Top It Up
You can make food look more appealing with colorful and healthy toppings or sauces. While it might not be a good idea to smother their meals in condiments, adding a little extra taste or “zest” might encourage them to try new things.
Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork
Work with your children to create a grocery list, and employ their help when you all go shopping. If they get to pick out the tasty foods they eat, it might encourage them to indulge in those choices later.
Be The Change You Wish To See
Make sure your kids see you eating balanced meals and finishing what is on your plate. Children learn by example, so set a routine where the family sits down together and eats what is cooked for them as a unit.
There are always concerns when your young ones aren’t eating the proper amount of nutrients or are just flat out picky. It is important to keep track and speak to your pediatrician if they aren’t getting enough food. More often than not you can switch a few things to encourage better eating habits- it’s just a matter of finding the right combination.