• Sybilla Levenston

3 Tips for Fussy Eaters

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Threats, bribes, tears… Sound familiar?

I have been working in the childcare space for the last 15 years and I have definitely encountered my fair share of fussy eaters. The most testing was when a child decided to throw his food around the kitchen until there was a Bolognese sludge on every surface including the ceiling.

I have some simple tips to make meal times more enjoyable for you and your child. Let’s focus on forming good habits for healthy living.

TIP 1: Set a good example

Children watch what you do (scary I know) but it is also a very powerful tool. Children will be more likely to try something if they watch you enjoy the same food. Eating the same food as a grown up can make children feel like they are mature, this can be very encouraging.

TIP 2: Play

It’s important to note that the average child may need up to 16 exposures to a particular food before they are willing to try it, so don’t give up. Instead, let your child play with their food. It can be messy at times, but worth it in the long run. Just think, if I offered you a pureed grey mixture, would you just eat it? What if it was poisonous? How do you know it’s even edible? You would want to investigate first, sniff it, squish it, lick it.

TIP 3: Get your child involved in the process

Take your child to the supermarket and ask them to choose what vegetables will be used for dinner. Allow your child to help out in the kitchen (safely) so that they feel part of the preparation experience. This is a great chance to bond with your child, increase their skills and educate them on healthy lifestyles.

I hope these tips come in handy, feel free to share your experiences and feedback.

Don’t forget, if all else fails, pretending to be bunnies always makes carrots more enjoyable.

You’ve got this!


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