Is mealtime a big lost battle with your child? Relax and try out the following easy tips:
First of all, you have to try your best not to show to your kid that you are angry and not to negotiate with him; focus on being patient, otherwise he will take advantage of the situation and resists furthermore your requests
Keep in mind that sometimes a child refuses new food around five to seven times before savoring it. This could be based on the smell or the shape of the food offered. Never give up trying
Involve picky eaters in meal preparation; this would encourage them to taste their maneuver
Give virtual names to foods based on their shapes; for instance, name broccoli or cauliflower “tree”, “balls” for peas, etc..
Avoid offering sugary snacks between meals as this might prevent him to feel hungry
Never force a child to eat; respect his feeling of fullness
Don’t offer alternatives easily, especially foods his likes the most or deserts
Make your meal look like his and try be a good role model; offer him the same the food you are offering to the whole family, and don’t make exceptions
Don’t offer full large plates; use instead small portions
Make his mealtime fun; cut potatoes in funny shapes, buy letters shaped pasta, draw smiley faces, etc..
Try to minimize distraction; remove the tablets, turn off the TV and keep away his toys
Try to add colors to his plate using a variety of vegetables
If your refuses categorically to eat, leave him. He will feel hungry later on. However; the key here is to offer the same food once again rather than something new
Engage you child in active games like cycling, running, swimming, etc. Not only this will help him build stronger bones and muscles, but this would leave him hungry afterwards