Take control during mealtimes

Take control during mealtimes

Does your child give you a difficult time during meals every time? Maybe he or she is not hungry or perhaps feeling playful. In any case, taking control starts with you. Here are 5 easy tips to make mealtimes happy, fun and less stressful!

how to deal with picky eaters

How to deal with picky eaters

1. Stay calm

This may be the most difficult thing to do. But take deep breaths and count to ten. Remember to be encouraging when your child does something right (such as eating all of his the vegetables) and be firm when your child is naughty.

2. Don’t force your child to eat

This tactic will make your child hate mealtimes and it will waste your time in the long run. If it takes more than twenty minutes for your child to finish eating, stop feeding and try again later.

3. Try fun and creative recipes

When planning meals combine different foods with familiar ones. Look up recipe ideas on the internet or try some here. Incorporate different colours and flavours into your kid’s meals and soon, your child will start looking forward to every meal.

4. Serve easy-to-swallow portions

Bear in mind young children can’t chew tougher or drier foods. Also, it can be dangerous of large pieces of food get stuck in the throat. Cut food into small pieces and don’t hurry your child into finishing their meal.

5.  Stir up interest

Try interesting your child in food. Let him or her stir, smell and even feel various food textures. Of course, if your child stops exploring and starts making a mess it is time to be firm.

6. Don’t feed separately

Try not to feed your child apart from the rest of the family just because you want some peace and quiet to yourself. If your child does not want to eat let him or her sit at the table. Your child needs to be in your company too.

Don’t forget to enjoy eating with your child! This is your time to bond with your children early in their lives. In today’s fast paced world mealtimes are a rare chance for the entire family to be together.

 

For more related articles on your child and nutrition, see:

10 ways to sneak veggies into meal times

Picky Eaters

How can I encourage my baby to try new foods?

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Written by

Felicia Chin

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