The real way to end picky eating in your children.
We fight the picky eating fight in our house. Any parent who has dealt with this will let you know it is not fun. It is a tough battle, one that is faced three times a day every day. And it is not a matter of poor parenting. Picky eating is a complicated issue that has many causes. There often isn’t a quick fix or one trick that makes meal times a breeze. We work really hard to handle our picky eating issues in a positive and patient manner. Here is our picky eating journey and the real solution we found that works.
The first part of picky eating is figuring out why you are in this situation. Did anything happen to start the eating patterns? Is there an underlying medical condition? What do we do as parents to help or hurt the picky eating situation? Before you can find solutions you need to understand what is happening at your dinner table.
We tried a lot of techniques to end picky eating in our house. A lot. None of the traditional solutions worked for us. Why? Well a lot of them depend on a child having a logical understanding of why they need to eat healthy food. That’s tough to have in toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how we found peace at the table again and noticed the positive to build off of.
Once you have established peace at your table again you can work towards introducing more foods. Learn easy ways to add variety to your child’s meals while still incorporating their ‘safe’ foods. Next, learn how to create a structure that gives your child the freedom to have opinions, but you still maintain control over the eating environments as a parent. It is easier than it sounds.
Finally, learn how we continue to build good eating habits in the long term. This is not a quick fix method for handling picky eaters, but it is a method we have seen slow and steady progress with for over a year. And regardless of eating habits, manners matter. Learn how you can respect your child’s preferences while still maintaining proper table manners.
And finally, every parent needs to vent sometimes. Having a picky eater does not mean that you are a bad parent. Yet for some reason, it is one of those things everyone has an opinion about. So if you are a parent who needs to vent, this post is for you. I know you feel me.