Mealtime can be a tricky, stressful affair for the parents of young children. The battle against food is real! Most children are picky and fussy about what they eat. Almost all parents worry about their child getting adequate nourishment to support their growth.
In this article, we will cover tips to help you deal with your fussy eater.
A book by Thomas M. Reimers PhD, Help! There’s a Toddler in the House! mentions a couple of simple tips that will make mealtimes a little less stressful. Thomas Reimers is a Director of Behavioural Health Clinic at the non-profit organization Boys Town.
Here are some general guidelines for parents to follow when it comes to mealtimes. A book by Ellyn Satter, How to Get Your Kid to Eat But Not Too Much, lists guidelines for parents to follow when it comes to their child’s eating habits. Ellyn is an authority on eating and feeding and has a long career of 30 years transforming people’s attitudes towards eating.
Here are some things parents are responsible for during mealtimes.
Here are some things parents are not responsible for during mealtimes.
This ensures that the child is not force-fed or made to feel bad about their body as a result of comments such as — ‘She’s so skinny,’ ‘He’s getting fatter,’ ‘She only ate one slice of bread this morning.’
Parents play a crucial role in developing the child’s habits. Encourage the child to take control of their eating habits. Help them eat better by keeping a variety of food items accessible to them. The rule of thumb is to keep more of what you want them to eat and remove what you want them to avoid eating. Remember that pressurizing or bribing children to eat will not help them become healthy eaters.
When confused or worried, it is always better to speak to the child’s paediatrician.
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