â€ś I hate milk!â€ť or â€śI wonâ€™t eat the broccoli!â€ť are common phrases in
your household youâ€™re not alone. Most kidsâ€”to a certain degree--are
picky eaters. Maybe they don't like the color of something, or the
consistency, or perhaps they'll only eat sandwiches cut on a diagonal.
Whatever it is, most parents have at least one complaint about the way
their child eats. Luckily, itâ€™s not as bad as most parents think and
so-called picky eaters are getting just as many nutrients as non-picky
eaters. To combat picky eating, and restore some of your sanity, her
are a few common picky eater complaints, and tips on combating them.
Refusing to eat his veggies. It's common for kids to refuse to eat their vegetables, or something else you've put on their plate for dinner. And it's also quite common for a fight to ensue, where you tell them they have to sit at that table till its all gone. (At least, that's what my mom did to me.) Experts are saying a better tactic is to put the broccoli on their plates, as well as your own, and sit down and eat it. If they don't eat it, it's not the end of the world. Try again. You'll be surprised; before you know it your child may just voluntarily eat those dreadful veggies.
Not hungry at dinner. Again, kids will be kids and if they're not hungry at 6:00p.m. don't force them to eat. Maybe they want to eat later or maybe they had too many snacks at 3:00, but don't force them. If everyone is eating at the table, they need to sit there too, and of course no desert. Odds are once theyâ€™re sitting there, they might join in the meal, anyway.
More choices. Your child might be using food to test your boundaries and their independence. So, give them choices that ultimately don't matter. Put two healthy choices in front of them, and let them decide what they want to eat. You win, because all their choices are healthy. They think they win, because they got to choose what to eat.
What do you do to get your kids to eat?