You want to give your kids the best of everything. In the pursuit of delivering the best, parents also try giving them the best possible food with the hope that they can be healthy and fit. But some children don’t always seem to be on the same page as the parents. Here are ways to deal with picky eaters:
A study conducted by Columbia university shows that kids who sit down with their family for meals develop better eating habits than the ones who eat alone. When your little one has a role model who eats healthy, they tend to follow lead and do the same.
Get rid of distractions:
Children get distracted easily and one of the main things distracting them is the TV or mobile phones. Your little one needs to focus on what’s in his/her plate to practice mindful eating.
Learn to respect the child’s appetite or a lack of one:
The key here is to know how much your child can actually stomach. Don’t force children to eat a snack or meal. Don’t bribe your child to clean up his plate as well. Serve small portions and avoid stuffing the child in one go.
Add more colour to your child’s plate and be positive with your approach to food as well. A huge difference can be made with variations and presentations and the internet is filled with healthy recipes and how to trick kids into eating healthy.
Don’t hand out rewards:
We as parents usually withhold dessert when children are making a fuss to eat the main course. This sends a wrong message to the child. You’re forcing them to think that dessert is the best food. This can only increase your child’s desire for sweet things.
Remember that your child’s eating habits won’t change overnight, but little steps can help you help your child develop better eating habits.
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