Is your Preschooler a Picky Eater?
Being a picky eater is normal behavior for young children. They are just learning their likes and dislikes, they may not like foods that are foreign to them, and they learn by watching the behavior of those around them. Some kids only want to eat foods that are red, and won’t touch anything that is green. Or they don’t like when the different types of food on their plate touches. They get distracted during mealtime, and want to run and play instead of eating their meal.
Parents do their best to make sure their children are getting the most nutrients from their food. But how can you do that, when your child refuses to eat certain foods?
Tips for picky eaters
- Let your child be involved in preparing the meal. Kids love being mini chefs! Buy them their very own apron. Let them help you pick out produce at the supermarket.
- Give them choices. Offer a variety of healthy options, and let them decide what they want to eat.
- Sit down together as a family. Make dinner time a special occasion to catch up on the day, share news and happenings, and enjoy each other’s company.
- Make one meal for both kids and adults. Instead of having special “kid friendly” food, make one meal for everyone. Show kids that they are just like adults, and that everyone enjoys healthy food.
- Discuss the food, textures and colors. Allow your child to explore and experience their food.
Introducing new foods
Introducing your child to new foods can be tough. The trick is to do it slowly.
- Only introduce one new food at a time.
- Start small: give a small taste to get them familiar with it.
- Introduce new foods at the beginning of the meal, as this is when kids are the most hungry and likely to be willing to try it.
- Show them that you also like eating new foods.
Be patient. New things take time, and encouragement.
What small changes can you make to your child’s diet to encourage them to eat healthier?
❤ Stay Well and Healthy ❤
- Posted by Altie Seigel
- On March 14, 2019