Many of us grew up with traditional images of what family dinners would look like with our kids, but gathering around the table at the end of the day isn’t always that picturesque!
Our kids bring their own unique challenges to mealtimes; kids who are picky eaters can make planning meals especially overwhelming.
So, to make life a bit easier for you moms and dads (that’s what we’re here for 😉), we’ve rounded up some fantastic tips for mealtime with picky kids...
❤️ Change your language around your kid’s eating habits. There is a lot of power in positive affirmations and when you start talking about how proud you are of your kids’ eating habits (even if you have to fake it at first) that can actually plant the seeds for real change in how your kids perceive themselves and the choices they make.
❤️ Get your kids involved in the cooking and choosing what they eat. Even if their choices aren’t 100% what you’d like for them to be eating yet, giving them power in the situation helps.
❤️ Make mealtime more fun! If your dinner table has turned into a constant battlefield and source of stress, your kids don’t have much incentive to change or look forward to eating together. Decorate the table, listen to music, mix up the tableware with things like our customizable tumblers, tell jokes...whatever you need to do to start making sitting down for a meal an enjoyable experience for everyone again.
❤️ Try it again. If your child hasn’t tried a recipe or a food in a while, don’t be afraid to try it again. But also, don’t draw too much attention to that fact that your kiddo didn’t like it the last time.
️️❤️ Don’t use food as a reward. Making some foods a reward can in fact make other foods feel like a punishment. If you offer ice cream as a treat for eating broccoli, your child will always view the broccoli as something to suffer through to get to the good stuff.
Do you have a picky eater at your table? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!
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