Tips for Handling Choosy Eaters
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- Sit at the table and eat with them. Seeing trusted adults eating foods is the number one influence in determining which foods children will accept.
- Don’t be a “short order cook”. Your job is to prepare nutritious meals; the child’s job is to eat it or not. Don’t give in and make something special because you are worried that your child is hungry.
- Keep offering new foods or disliked foods. It takes some children a long time and a lot of exposures before they discover they actually like a food.
- Serve new foods in small amounts, and give children permission to spit it into a napkin if it is so horrible they just can’t swallow it. When children know they have this option, they are usually more willing to try a new food.