How to Handle Picky Eaters

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Almost every parent knows the struggle of a child who just won’t eat their dinner. Picky eaters can be a challenge, but there are lots of ways to help children learn to try and like new foods.

Child Eating Cupcake on Counter, How to Handle Picky Eaters, What to Do if my child will not eat, what to do if my child only wants sweets, what to do if my child will not eat their food, child not wanting to eat food, kids not eating dinnerFirst, it’s important for you to have good eating habits. As the adult in their life, your kids look to you to know how to behave. If you are open to new foods and eat a well-balanced diet, your kids will be more likely to do this too! Don’t encourage picky eaters by preparing special meals. Plan meals that include lots of food groups, and have everyone choose from what’s on the table. This will help kids learn to like new foods more quickly and will save you a lot of time and energy. It’s also helpful to let kids help choose and prepare meals. This doesn’t mean that your picky eater should get to plan the menu, but do give them some choices. Try letting them choose the vegetable, grain, or protein type, and ask them to help you in the kitchen. When kids feel like they have a say in what is served, they’re much more likely to be excited about eating it.

Finally, there are some foods your child just won’t like, and that’s okay! As long as they give new foods a fair chance, it’s normal if they don’t love every single food they try.


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