Meal Times and Fussy Eaters
Meal times and fussy eaters can be a battle field – the child won’t stay at the table, or won’t eat what has been prepared for the family. And luckily for this there are some very successful strategies to help, remembering that role modelling is a very important example. If the parent or care giver has too many fads or dislikes this will be noticed by the child and in most cases copied.
Often they are given to many choices or alternatives that are not the best choices e.g. toddler formula that is not required at twelve months, excessive milk drinks (no more than three hundred mls a day, juice, biscuits, two minute noodles, take always, chicken nuggets, chips etc. If you want them to eat health food, don’t keep junk food in the cupboard or fridge.
We can be setting them up for obesity – diabetes etc.
One strategy to help with this fussy eating problem can be solved with a little bit of trickery. Children love pasta and this can be mixed with veges and mince to make a healthy meal.
Encouraging children to participate in the menu selection is more likely to have them eat a variety of food.
Remember sitting up to the table as a family without TV will encourage social interaction.
Parents sometimes need support to turn this around.