‘Not hungry’, looks bad’ or ‘will eat later: That’s what I was always hearing from my little one when it was meal time. I tried many things to get her to eat such as:
“I will give you a gift if you eat”. Found out she ate a bit and then wanted her gift. Not interesting and quite expensive.
“I will give you a candy”. Who have not tried that to get his kid to eat? The doctor was mad at me: “A food should never be used as a Reward or Punishment”. It encourages obesity!! I felt so bad!!!
I ran out of ideas!! So I asked her kindergarten teacher: Does my little one give you hard time when it’s meal time. “Absolutely not but she loves listening to music when eating and she wants to put her servings by herself!!” I have never thought of that. I tried it at home and guess what: it worked. Not from the first day of course but there was some improvement. You can’t change a picky eater in a glimpse of an eye.
It’s all about:
Distract them and play dinner time games: Try to make meal times, fun times. I know it’s hard when you come back from work, tired and the only thing you want is to relax. But, we started playing music on meal times. My husband started joking and it relaxed all the family members.
A food should never be used as a Reward or Punishment: Avoid this behaviour completely as food should ideally never be used to shape behaviour or build character.
Let them help you: My little one started helping me dressing the table, putting meals in her plates and it worked.
Eat Together and be a role model by Setting Examples-It is of utmost importance that you yourself eat healthy and display good dinning manners if you want your child to do so. Practice what you preach and they would imitate you! There is no pleasure like the pleasure of watching your child eat. Go ahead and try the possible permutations to get your child to eat.