My Fussy Child And A Good Diet-How I Got These Opposites To Meet!
Created by Shikha Garg Updated on Feb 17, 2021
Is your dinner table a battleground? Do you constantly lock horns with a fussy child? Making a fussy eater have just one proper meal is a task, let alone ensuring that she is eating healthy for her age. If you're wondering when that little child who ate all the carrots and peas disappeared, giving way to the drama queen who "just doesn't like it!" take a deep breath.
Picky eating is a phase (in most cases) and is usually a result of some subconscious behaviors we indulge in. Read on to find out how to get your fussy eater to – well, eat!
Tips To Get Your Fussy Eater To Eat
Normally every child goes through phases when he is averse to some foods or refuses to eat what is put in front of him. Whether it is a sign of his independence being asserted, or just a trick to get some attention, it will pass if you don't give it too much importance. Keep offering healthy foods, and your child will eat them. However, if you have any concerns about your child's eating habits, weight or allergies, do consult his pediatrician for advice.
Did you find our tips on getting your fussy eater to eat, useful? Share your feedback with us in the comments section!
- If he's not hungry, respect it:At 1 PM, because it is time for lunch, don't force your child to eat if he isn't hungry. Check if he's had a filling mid-morning snack. Your child will want to eat when he's hungry – it's basic survival instinct
- Don't bribe him with treats: "Finish your sabzi fully, and then you can have the rasmalai!" is a strict no-no. The message you're sending across is that the sabzi is just a boring necessity that he must get through before he gets to the treat. Also, you're just setting the tone for the future, where treats become the incentive for anything that you need him to do
- Have a routine: While hunger pangs can strike anytime depending on activity levels, have a general routine, and work out what you can offer at different meal times. However, don't hesitate to mix things up when it comes to the meal itself. So while your child may be expecting dal-chawal, a whole wheat pasta with veggies may spice up things one evening
- Don't keep on offering different foods: If your child is refusing to eat any of the dishes you have already cooked and laid at the table, don't make a separate meal for him immediately. It always helps to have a couple of different options, but don't rush in to offer various things in a desperate attempt to get him to eat. When your child realizes that there are always other options, tantrums are not far behind
- Make things interesting:Try offering vegetables with different homemade dips, or assign interesting names to dishes and make up a story about them
- Don't praise unnecessarily: Praise is best reserved for the really challenging things in life – when he builds that Lego model, or he's learnt to ride his bike. Eating healthy does not warrant praise, and by saying "good boy, you've eaten the aloo gobi" you're again making a desperate attempt at getting him to eat
- Involve your child in the preparation: Get your child to break the eggs into the mixing bowl, or peel the boiled potatoes. Children love to feel responsible for a task, and take ownership. When he's contributed to the preparation, chances of him wanting to eat are higher!
- Set an example: When you're at the dining table, eat healthy, but don't make a mention of it. You saying "Look, mama is eating the bhindi sabzi" isn't going to do the trick. He might just say, "Oh well, I don't want to." Instead just eat what you're eating and let him be. He will eventually pick up healthy eating habits by watching you
- Introduce and be patient with new foods: When you've introduced a new food, don't expect your child to immediately take to it. Be patient, and keep offering it at intervals of a few days. It takes a while for a new taste to grow on a child
- No distractions: Don't allow gadgets at the table, and don't eat in front of the TV. Allow your child to be aware of every dish he is eating, what it tastes like and what it contains
| May 19, 2017
Nice insight my son is not fussy but very choose his favourite is Idli dosa and paneer I'll try to make new healthy snacks for him for this I refer to cooking books and Internet cooking recipe some time he likes new things and want it again I will make it again for him.
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