My kids can be notoriously picky eaters. Their food preferences, likes and dislikes, and culinary requirements seem to change on a whim with no rhyme or reason. My oldest son once had a voracious appetite but now only eats chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, much to my health conscious dismay. Perhaps today my daughter will look at me with disgust and admonishment, refusing to eat the meal that she had enthusiastically gobbled up yesterday.
I want to share my knowledge with the Yellowbrick crowd. I’ve learned that handling picky eaters requires patience. Allowing yourself to show stress, or arguing with your child will only promote the idea that meal times are stressful, negative experiences. Allow your child the option to choose from different foods that they may like. Continue to offer a variety of foods, and don’t allow a couple of failed attempts nix a certain food of the menu. Children may often refuse a food up to 20 times or more before giving it a fair shot. I know I did when I was a child.
Utilize positive reinforcement, praise your child and let them know they’ve done a good job by trying something new. As with most challenges in parenting, a little patience, encouragement and repetition will go a long way in helping your child build healthy eating habits. Good luck!