Has your child refused to eat anything other than peanut butter sandwiches for the last few days? Or perhaps your child would rather play than eat at all? Many parents worry about what their child eats and does not eat. Most children get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over a week, and until your child’s food preferences mature along with them, consider these helpful tips for preventing mealtime battles.
Respect your child’s appetite Your child may tend to eat only when he or she is hungry. If your child is not hungry, do not force them to eat a meal or snack. Do not bribe them or force them to eat all the food on their plate as this may only make the power struggle worse.
Stick to a routine Serve meals and snacks at about the same time every day. Do not give your child a drink or snack for at least an hour before their meals. The concept is that if your child comes to the table hungry, they may be more likely to eat the meal.
Be patient with new to them foods Young children often will touch or smell their food. They may put them in their mouth only to spit them out. If it is a new food they may need a few times of having this served to them before they will consider eating it. Do not tell them that they should eat it because it tastes good, tell them something …READ MORE